Bad news for people who prefer well-done meat: it's linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure
- Eating well-done meat has been linked to increased risk for developing hypertension or high blood pressure, according to preliminary study results presented at an American Heart Association meeting.
- Consuming more meat or fish that's been grilled or roasted at high temperatures was also associated with an increased risk.
- High blood pressure increases the chance that someone will develop heart disease and suffer a stroke or heart attack.
People who like their meat well-done have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, according to preliminary study results presented at an American Heart Association meeting.
Specifically, eating meat or fish cooked at high temperatures, over an open flame, or well-done in general all seem to be linked to a higher chance of hypertension, which can eventually damage blood vessels and lead to a heart attack or stroke, along with other issues.
That finding comes from an analysis of more than 100,000 participants in several ongoing studies. None of the participants started with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, but 37,123 developed high blood pressure over the next 12 to 16 years, according to data from the researchers.
The researchers looked at participants who ate at least two servings of red meat, chicken, or fish every week. They found that people who ate grilled, broiled, or roasted meat or fish more than 15 times per month had a 17% higher chance of developing high blood pressure.
People who preferred meat well-done as opposed to rare had a 15% higher chance of developing high blood pressure as well — sorry, Donald Trump.
The researchers also found that eating meat that was highly charred was associated with a 17% increased risk for hypertension. Charring meat is also unfortunately associated with an increased cancer risk.
The researchers behind this work can't be sure if eating meat directly caused the risk of high blood pressure. Although they noticed a trend, it's still possible that these groups of people had something else in common that led to their increased risk.
Still, dietitians and nutrition experts generally recommend that people limit their consumption of processed and red meats. This is more evidence that points in that same direction.
- German billionaire to own half of Gautrain operator as Murray & Roberts receives takeover bid
- This successful SA CEO does regular dance routines with his staff. Here's how it helps his business
- In 2017 medical aids lost at least R300 million to fraud. Medical professionals who overcharged paid 0.05% of that in fines – and kept working
- There’s a new Aromat on shelves minus all that tasty MSG – but with a catch
- Naspers just got R115 billion richer — here are 5 outrageous things it could do with the cash
- China's space station is about to fall from the sky — and no one is sure where it will land
Elon Musk’s dad has had a baby with his stepdaughter, who is 42 years younger than him - report
- SA's most popular drone is way ahead of its competitors. Here are the 5 reasons why
- South African knights – in full shiny armour – are fighting it out over weekends
- SA just dodged a R167 billion bullet – here’s what it means for you
- These are some of South Africa's most brazen medical aid scams and schemes
- These online courses (from as little as R140) can land you a hot job in tech
- Le Creuset, which is owned by a South African, has apologised for angering its black fans
- The closest thing you can find to Wakanda in the real world is Wits, according to the world's biggest news agency
- We tried KFC's new 'mojito' - and one ingredient was a bit overpowering
- 34 years of hard slog, and then 2 big promotions in 6 days: what we know about new acting Sars boss Mark KingonAmazon is selling fake Basotho blankets in the middle of the Black Panther craze – and they are really ugly
- Cyril Ramaphosa is backing the Afro – but a single African currency may only work if it is pegged to the rand, says an economist
- A medium at Woolworths? You’re actually a XXL at Mr Price. Why SA’s clothing sizes are crazy