High dietary red meat intake linked to diverticulitis

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Substituting one portion of processed red meat with poultry or fish each day may reduce the risk of diverticulitis.

So conclude the authors of a new study, published in Gut, which has identified a link between red meat intake and an increased risk of diverticulitis.

As part of their study, the research team assessed the potential impact of total dietary red meat, poultry, and fish intake on the risk of developing diverticulitis in nearly 46,500 men, taking part in the Health Professionals Follow up Study. During the 26-year monitoring period, some 764 men developed diverticulitis.

The researchers found that compared with those with the lowest levels of consumption, t...