INUIT (ESKIMO) KIDS
DR. MIRKIN: RED MEAT LINKED TO DIABETES
October 21, 2012
Iron in Red Meat Linked to Diabetes
Dr. Pinna says…
The following article is pure nonsense!
There are many tribes of people who eat almost nothing but meat.
The Inuit (Eskimos) are one group.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
In the 1920s anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson lived with and studied a group of Inuit. The study focused on the fact that the Inuit’s extremely low-carbohydrate diet had no adverse effects on their health, nor indeed, Stefansson’s own health. Stefansson (1946) also observed that the Inuit were able to get the necessary vitamins they needed from their traditional winter diet, which did not contain any plant matter. In particular, he found that adequate vitamin C could be obtained from items in their traditional diet of raw meat such as Ringed Seal liver and whale skin (muktuk). While there was considerable scepticism when he reported these findings, they have been borne out in recent studies.[
In addition, my Hindu vegetarian patients, have more diabetics than all the rest
who are meat eaters.
The Hindus fry their food in “Ghee” (Butter fat) and pour in sugar.
They are obese and diabetic.
This talk of “red meat” reminds me of the talk about “wine is bad” before
American doctors found out that wine is good.
ARTICLE FROM DR. MIRKIN
Several studies show that eating red meat is associated
with increased risk for developing diabetes. The authors of a
recent paper showed that having large amounts of stored iron in
the body, as measured by a blood test called ferritin, is
associated with increased risk for diabetes (BMC Med., October,
Excess iron in the body acts as a potent oxidant
that can destroy the beta cells in the pancreas that produce
insulin. Iron and protein in red meat can combine to form
nitrosamines, powerful carcinogens that increase risk for cancer.
Dietary iron is classified into two types:
* heme iron, found in animals, that is absorbed very efficiently; and
* non-heme iron, found in plants, that is absorbed very poorly.
People who eat a lot of meat have far more iron stored in their
bodies than those who eat only plants.
Red meat also contributes to diabetes by tripping off a
person’s immunity to cause inflammation.
High levels of saturated fat in meat can lead to diabetes by blocking insulin receptors to
prevent insulin from doing its job of driving sugar from the
bloodstream into cells.