Overeating Red Meat Increases Risk of Diverticulitis Among Men

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Eating a lot of red meat could increase men’s risk of diverticulitis, a painful digestive disorder. 

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the diets of more than 45,000 middle-aged men. It showed men who ate more than 12 servings of red meat a week were 58% more likely to develop diverticulitis than those who ate just one weekly serving. 

Researchers say replacing one serving of red meat a day with chicken or fish could cut the risk of diverticulitis by 20%.

Diverticulitis causes severe pain, nausea, and can lead to tears or blockages in the colon.

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