Animal Protein But Not Plant Protein Increases Risk For Diabetes

AnimalFoods2Diets high in animal protein – meat, eggs, seafood, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products – were associated with an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes. That was the finding of this new study:

Dietary Protein Intake and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Europe: The EPIC-INTERACT Case-Cohort Study, Diabetes Care, 10 April 2014

It was large with a long follow up:

“The prospective European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-InterAct case-cohort study consists of 12,403 incident type 2 diabetes cases and a stratified subcohort of 16,154 individuals from eight European countries, with an average follow-up time of 12.0 years.”

It found:

“After adjustment for important diabetes risk factors and dietary factors, the incidence of type 2 diabetes was higher in those with high intake of total protein and animal protein. Plant protein intake was not associated with type 2 diabetes.

In view of the rapidly increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes, limiting iso-energetic diets high in dietary proteins, particularly from animal sources, should be considered.”

It’s not news on this blog that animal foods raise the risk for diabetes. This study just adds to the growing body of evidence. Eat plants.

1 thought on “Animal Protein But Not Plant Protein Increases Risk For Diabetes

  1. Bix Post author

    The next time you visit your CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) and they tell you to include some lean protein (a euphemism for animal food) in all your meals, show them this study.



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