Don’t shoot the messenger… but it’s more bad news for meat lovers

If you were dismayed to hear about the World Health Organisation’s decision that red meat was likely to cause cancer,

If you were dismayed to hear about the World Health Organisation’s decision that red meat was likely to cause cancer, avert your eyes.

New research released today has determined another link between eating red meat and kidney cancer – and that the way we cook our meat could put us more at risk.

Published in CANCER, the journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also find that genetic predisposition when combined cooking up a few steaks on the barbie greatly increases our risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common form of kidney cancer.

Incidences of this cancer have been rising in the United States and other developed nations like Australia and investigators suspect factors related to a western lifestyle—such as a diet high in meats, processed foods, and starches—may play an important role in this trend.

To investigate, a team led by Xifeng Wu from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, studied the dietary intake and genetic risk factors of 659 patients newly diagnosed with RCC and 699 healthy controls.

The researchers found that kidney cancer patients consumed more red and white meat compared with cancer-free individuals. Also, cancer patients consumed more cancer-causing chemicals that are produced when meat is cooked at high temperatures or over an open flame (particularly pan-frying or barbecuing).

While the study was small, the findings suggest that reducing consumption of meat, especially when cooked at high temperatures or over an open flame, could reduce the risk of developing kidney disease, especially when those with a genetic predisposition were identified.

More than 3000 Australians are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year.

Have these recent studies got you thinking about how much meat you eat? Will it affect the way you eat? 

  1. Seriously people are sick of being told what they can and can’t eat, generation after generation back to cave days ate meat to survive and quite happily without the World Health Organization telling them what they should and should not do

  2. Gee they are not leaving us much to eat are they – apart from that they keep changing the goal posts all the time and its getting a bit boring to be quite honest.

  3. If you do a study of say, 20 people, all have cancer, and all eat red meat ….. oh my goodness, red meat causes cancer. (sarcasm)

    • When I was a child it was burnt toast that gave you cancer or anything that was overlooked and had ‘charcoal’ on it. Now you can buy charcoal tablets for several ailments. It’s all so hypocritical.

  4. I wonder how much all those additives in someone’s diet contribute…. I have a feeling that eating meat in moderation, and eating fresh, not processed foods with meat may not contribute to problems?

  5. Exactly what age is it ok to peg it? We don’t live forever and all these studies are the nanny State in full flight. Stop telling people how to live and looking to find immortality.

  6. Got to die from something …………. think I’ll just eat chocolate!

  7. Oh for goodness sake. Let’s just lighten up. This is over sixty site so whatever damage that might happen has probably already happened so let’s just enjoy the rest of our lives and eat and drink what takes our fancy. Too old now to be told what I can’t or should not indulge in. I for one intend to leave this world eating and drinking my way to the afterlife. Enjoy people.

  8. I’m thinking maybe we should all be put on a bread and water diet, but then maybe the bread is too many carbs and the water might be contaminated. So I guess I’ll have to go back to meat.

  9. Im so sick of all these scare tactics these scientist put on fb .its just a waste of tax payers money. Stop taking money of the person paying the most money for your studies that suit them and be honest with us

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