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Death by Deli : Meat and Cheese Linked to Earlier Death

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Death by Deli : Meat and Cheese Linked to Earlier Death
By ABC News | ABC News Blogs – 10 hours ago

By Ross Charles, M.D. (@rosscharlesmd)

Too much meat and cheese may be a recipe for disaster, according to a new study that links the consumption of animal-based protein to an increased risk of early death for people in their 50s and early 60s.

The study of more than 6,000 American adults found those between the ages of 50 and 65 with diets high in animal protein were 74 percent more likely to meet an untimely end than those who consumed less animal protein or got their protein from non-animal sources.

For deaths due to cancer, the risk was four times higher, according to the study.

Eating plant-based proteins like nuts and beans seemed to reverse the unhealthy trend. And after the age of 65, the trend dissipated, suggesting that a diet high in protein from animals or plants can be beneficial later in life.

“The main message is to go to a safe level of protein and try as much as possible to have those proteins come from plant-based products,” said Dr. Valter D. Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California and lead author of the study, published today in the journal Cell Metabolism. “The advice was that everyone should have high protein. That’s not the case.”

Why did the effect disappear with older people? As we age, our demand for protein increases. So getting more of it from a host of sources after 65 is important in extending our longevity, the study found. The patients whose diets were packed with protein were more than 25 percent less likely to meet an early death.

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