Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Processed meat warning for men

Men who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown
Men who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown

Men who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown.

A large study of more than 37,000 men found that processed meat significantly increases the risk of death from heart failure.

Those consuming the most – 75 grams per day or more – were twice as likely to die from heart failure than those who ate 25 grams or less.

Every extra 50 grams of processed meat, the equivalent of one or two slices of ham, increased heart failure risk by 8% and the chances of dying from the condition by 38%. Processed meat has also been linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer.

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