Meat consumption may increase one’s risk of a variety of blood cancers.
The NIH-AARP study also looked at diet, lifestyle, and acute myeloid leukemia. Two things seemed to do it. Smoking and total meat intake, which included all beef, chicken, fish, pork, bacon, etc. Since they measured the effect of both smoking and meat intake, we have the rare opportunity to actually compare the two. In terms of our risk of getting this rare—but deadly, blood cancer, this much meat, two boneless chicken breasts worth, may increase our leukemia risk as much smoking 10 cigarettes.
So what if we don’t eat any meat? The most comprehensive study of cancer rates in vegetarians was published last year. No surprise that vegetarians had significantly less cancer than meateaters. Perhaps the most striking finding was how low the risk was for lymphoma and leukemia among vegetarians. Just a quarter, of the risk of multiple myeloma in vegetarians compared to meateaters, an aggressive incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Potential mechanisms include the mutagenic compounds and viruses in the meat.
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