Everyday Habits That Make You Older, Say Experts

2- Eating Red Meat Frequently

raw meat on white plate

That juicy burger or steak might sound a little less savory when you consider that regularly eating red meat might shorten your life. A study published in BMJ found that consuming more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, or for any cause at all. In analyzing health data from 537,000 adults aged 50 to 71, researchers found that people who consumed the most red meat had a 26 percent higher chance of dying than those who ate the least. Certain ingredients in red meat—like nitrates and heme iron—may be to blame. But people who ate the most white meat, including poultry and fish, were 25 percent less likely to die than people who consumed the least.

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