Meat & Multiple Myeloma

Meat & Multiple Myeloma
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Meat consumption may increase one’s risk of a variety of blood cancers.

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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 a rare opportunity to actually compare the two in terms of cancer risk. So, 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 ten 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 meat-eaters.

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 meat-eaters; an aggressive incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Potential mechanisms include the mutagenic compounds in meat, and the viruses.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

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 a rare opportunity to actually compare the two in terms of cancer risk. So, 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 ten 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 meat-eaters.

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 meat-eaters; an aggressive incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Potential mechanisms include the mutagenic compounds in meat, and the viruses.

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Doctor's Note

Check out these other videos on blood cancers:
Hot Dogs & Leukemia
EPIC Findings on Lymphoma

And check out my other videos on meat

For more context, also see my associated blog posts: Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain; and Harvard’s Meat & Mortality Studies.

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