Red meat can cause inflammation of the intestines.
Men who regularly eat red meat, are much more likely to develop inflammatory conditions of the intestine – diverticulitis.
In the process of studying the diet of more than 46,000 men aged 40 to 75 years over 26 years, researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General hospital in Boston found the risk of red meat for intestinal health. The risk of developing diverticulitis for men who ate it six or more times a week increased by 58% compared with those who ate this product less.
While scientists have found that a large number of meat poultry or fish has no connection with increased risk of developing diverticulitis. Experts note that it is sufficient to replace at least one serving of red meat per week of fish or chicken to reduce the risk of intestinal inflammation by 20%.
The researchers also found that men who ate unprocessed meat, including beef, pork and lamb are faced with a higher risk of developing diverticulitis than those who preferred processed meat, such as bacon or sausages.
Diverticulitis develops when small protrusions on the inner surface of the colon suffer from an acute infection or inflammation. The symptoms of this disease include bloating and abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, fever, nausea and rectal bleeding. Diverticulitis in the mild form is usually treated with a diet rich in fiber or antibiotics, but more serious cases may require hospitalization and surgical intervention, including perforation of the intestinal wall.
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