Heavy Processed Meats and Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes is a common disease in many Americans. Latest studies show that eating heavy

processed meats leads to type 2 diabetes. Should the society completely stop eating these meats,

or just not eat as much? We must cut down the eating of these processed meats in our society.

This study was pointed at men between the age of 40 to 75 who often ate processed meats.

Dr. Hu studied 42,504 men who were healthy and between the age of 40 to 75 that ate

processed meats. 12 years later, researchers compared the dietary pattern of those who developed

type 2 diabetes. Hu said that the big increase in risk for diabetes 2 came among those who ate the

processed meats five times or more per week. The results were adjusting for the known effects of

such things as smoking, obesity, fat intake and physical activity. Risks of diabetes may be

affected by other foods often consumed in meals containing processed meats.

The sample that Dr. Hu provided was a very large number, but he only studied a certain

group of people. Dr. Hu proposed a non-probability study taken from these random subjects. Dr.

Hu only chose men between the age group of 40 to 75 and in good health. If Dr. Hu wanted to

come out with an even more accurate study, he could have included women and children at

different weights. Dr. Hu may have gathered this information from doctors, or even volunteers.

Even though the number Dr. Hu presented, his study was still a non-probability.

Dr. Hu's study contained one negative instance. It showed that 46% of the 42,504 men

got type 2 diabetes, so 54% of that number did not get diabetes. There is not a large significant

number to these...