Acidic Diets (i.e., meat heavy) Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A study of 66,485 French women and their diets over a 14 year period has demonstrated that an acidic diet is linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An acidic diet is characterized by diets lower in carbohydrates and a higher in fat and animal protein. This diet included significantly more meat, fish, cheese, and bread (more in line with a standard Western diet). It also is higher in calcium, phosphorous and sodium and lower in magnesium. This group consuming this type of diet was over 50% more likely to develop diabetes than the low acidity or alkaline diet group, which consumed more fruit, vegetables, milk and coffee.

Link to study:

Fagherazzi G, Vilier A, Bonnet F, et al. Dietary acid load and risk of type 2 diabetes: the E3N-EPIC cohort study. Diabetologia. Published online November 11, 2013.

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