Meat Intake Associated With Bladder Cancer


Several studies have documented that diets high in meat or fat are associated with higher risk of bladder cancer.

I’m waiting for the day when I read that the association between meat and cancer that keeps cropping up in studies is wrong. I’m waiting for the day when I can get on board with all these low-carb, paleo, meat-rich diets and not worry that all that animal food will promote cancer (or abuse animals or the planet). The day isn’t here yet, because everywhere I look, eating meat promotes cancer.

Bladder cancer? It’s the meat…

Dietary Factors Associated With Bladder Cancer, Investigative and Clinical Urology, June 2016


Some highlights:

  • A 3% Increase in the consumption of energy intake from animal protein was associated with a 15% higher risk of developing BC while a 2% increase in energy from plant protein intake was associated with a 23% lower risk of developing BC.
  • A significant dose response trend of elevated risk of developing BC with high intakes of red meat.
  • High intakes of processed meat and processed red meat were associated with 28% and 41% increased risk of BC.

So, animal protein increases the risk of bladder cancer while plant protein decreases the risk.

I don’t get it. Do low-carbers just look the other way? How do they reconcile this?

1 thought on “Meat Intake Associated With Bladder Cancer

  1. Bix Post author

    Did you see that carbohydrate wasn’t a risk factor for bladder cancer? “Dietary carbohydrate intake does not appear to be associated with BC risk [9].” Sugar is a carbohydrate. Yet we tax sugar via sweetened beverages. If we truly cared about public health we would be taxing red and processed meat. Why aren’t we? You already know why … soda taxes aren’t about health, they are about raising revenue. They are political. The saddest part about that is governments are raising revenue on the backs of the poor.



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