Native Americans who often ate processed meat in a can, generically known as “spam” and a common food on reservations, one subsidized by the government — had a two-fold increased risk of developing diabetes over those who ate little or none, according to a U.S. study.
Native Americans are at especially high risk of developing diabetes, with nearly half having the condition by age 55.
Researchers writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition surveyed 2,000 Native Americans from Arizona, Oklahoma and North and South Dakota to look into potential reasons for the high rate.
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Click here for the study: Associations of processed meat and unprocessed red meat intake with incident diabetes: the Strong Heart Family Study