MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – New research shows that if you have a lot of red meat in your diet it could increase your risk of type-2 diabetes.

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A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine says researchers followed more than 100,000 people for four years. People who ate half a serving less of red meat a day reduced their risk of diabetes by 14 percent.

But those who added a half serving increased their diabetes risk by nearly 50 percent.

The study found the increased risk for diabetes was even greater for processed red meat like hot dogs, sausage and salami.

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Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum of Lenox Hill Hospital says doctors need to address the risk factors with patients.

“If we can say to patients ‘Get the saturated fats, get the meat out of your diets and you’re going to prevent diabetes,’ that’s hugely empowering,” Steinbaum said.

Diabetes affects about 25 million Americans and is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

University of Minnesota researchers have found that eating breakfast can lower your risk of type-2 diabetes.

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People in the study who ate breakfast frequently also had a significantly lower risk of obesity and hypertension.