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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mike Roizen

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Red Meat Threatens Heart, Gut Health

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Wednesday, 24 August 2022 12:04 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Michael Jordan was always a gutsy player. On March 29, 1982, the then 19-year-old freshman made a 16-foot jump shot with 15 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a 63-62 win over Georgetown for the NCAA tournament championship. His career blossomed from there.

Too bad his gutsy NBA pregame ritual of eating a hefty steak turns out not to have been good for his guts — or his heart health.

Researchers at Tufts University and Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute have unraveled the association between atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — that's clogged arteries and heart woes — and eating red/processed meats.

For the first time, it's been shown that a lot of the damage that red/processed meats cause comes from the way they affect your gut bacteria. It turns out they stimulate production of specialized metabolites, such as TMAO, that cause destructive inflammation in your circulatory system.

The study, published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, shows that for every 1.1 servings of red/processed meats that you eat daily, your risk of heart disease increases 22%.

Apparently the levels of L-carnitine and heme iron found in red meats are especially damaging.

Eating fish and poultry doesn't cause the same troubles. And making a switch to plant-based and fish/poultry proteins can reduce your gut levels of TMAOs and other harmful metabolites.

So for better heart and gut health, ditch red and processed meats.

You'll also reduce the chronic inflammation that's implicated in everything from diabetes to dementia.

© King Features Syndicate


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Researchers have unraveled the association between atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease — that's clogged arteries and heart woes — and eating red/processed meats.
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2022-04-24
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 12:04 PM
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