We're hearing more and more about how processed meat is bad for us. Researchers at Harvard Medical School suggest that replacing a small amount of processed red meat for plant protein could lead to a much longer life. Simply exchanging a sausage at Sunday breakfast for a piece of wholegrain toast could reduce the risk of early death by 34%.
BMI Healthcare has also revealed ing the lack of awareness around the risks of eating processed and red meat. Their research reveals that under half, 39.5%, of the UK population are aware that eating red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer. Similarly, just 44% are aware that eating processed meat increases the risk.
The World Cancer Research Fund classifies red and processed meats as one of the causes of bowel cancer, with over half of cases, 54%, of the cancer each year in the UK being linked to lifestyle risk factors. Despite the reality, the UK reported a lack of understanding.
Lee Dvorkin, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon at BMI The Cavell Hospital also has something to say about the lifestyle factors associated with bowel cancer, including red and processed meat. He said: “There are factors relating to your lifestyle that are associated with an increased likelihood of bowel cancer development. The risks include eating processed and red meat, eating animal fat, sugar, alcohol, as well as smoking and obesity. A reduced risk has been noted in those who exercise and eat more fibre and pulses, so to reduce your risk these are steps you should take. The risk of bowel cancer increases as you get older - those aged 60 and older are most at risk of development and should be aware of the part they can play in reducing their risk.”
Cancer and other chronic conditions are not related to ageing per se, but to the lifestyles we lead, the foods we consume and the environments we live in.
“The first wealth is health.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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