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Sausages, cakes, chips, other increase risk of type 2 diabetes by 15 per cent


Research has shown that eating sausages, bacon, chips, burgers, ice cream, baby formula, cake mixes and alcoholic spirits regularly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, by the American Medical Association, identified the above foods as ultra-processed foods, noting that for every 10 percent of the diet made up the foods, the risk of the deadly condition rose by 15 per cent.

The researchers found that processed foods are known to make people overweight, which is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the condition.

Although the new research, based on more than 100,000 people, suggests chemicals created or added to food during processing could also play a role.

Scientists at Paris 13 University frequently tracked what the volunteers ate and who developed type 2 diabetes.


Their study followed 104,707 people with an average age of 42 for around six years each, tracking what they ate and how many of them got diabetes.

A total of just 821 people got diagnosed during the course of the study, but the risk was higher for processed food lovers.

The researchers measured how much processed food people ate in weight – as a proportion of the grams of all food they consumed in a day on average.

On average, 17.3 per cent of people’s diets were made up of ultra-processed foods, according to the results of the study.

The study claimed an extra 10 per cent – just over a quarter of someone’s daily intake – raised the person’s risk of diabetes by 15 per cent,

Although, the paper did not make clear exactly how much daily intake of ultra-processed foods – defined as having very few intact raw ingredients in their natural forms – was considered to be unhealthy.

Pre-prepared frozen goods, soft drinks, packaged snacks and reconstituted meats such as ham and bacon are all included in the category.

For people eating the most ultra-processed food there were 166 cases of diabetes per 100, 000 people in any given year.

This compared to just 113 in the group, which ate the least, and 132 on average.

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