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Hot Dogs and Lunch Meats Increase Risk of Diabetes

A study from 2002 found that people who ate a lot of lunch meats and hot dogs increased their risk of diabetes up to 46%. The study was run by the Harvard School of Public Health, and included hot dogs, bologna, salami, bacon and sausage. The study found that other red meats had no effect - that it was only the processed meats, full of nitrates, that caused this increase.

In the past, diets high in fat were thought to be a cause of diabetes. However, this study found that it was the overweight state and lack of exercise that contributed to diabetes. The fat content of a person's diet had no impact at all on their diabetes risk.

The study also found that participants who ate Omega-rich products - specifically the Omega-6 oil known as "linoleic acid" - had a lower risk for diabetes. This can be found in peanut oil, safflower oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil and corn oil.

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