HealthDay News — A normal-protein diet that excludes red meat and a high-protein diet that contains minimally processed lean beef are similarly effective at producing weight loss and improvements in glucose control among individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a study recently published online in Obesity.

Julianne G. Clina, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues compared a high-protein diet (4 or more weekly servings of lean beef) and a normal-protein diet without red meat for weight loss, body composition changes, and glucose control in individuals with type 2 diabetes. The analysis included 106 adults (80 women) participating in a 52-week weight loss intervention.

The researchers found that weight loss did not differ between the groups (high protein: −10.2 kg; normal protein: −12.7 kg). Additionally, reduced fat mass and higher fat-free mass percent were seen in both groups. There were no significant differences between the groups for hemoglobin A1c, glucose, insulin, insulin resistance, blood pressure, and triglycerides improvement.

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“Avoiding red meat, including beef, does not provide additional benefit for weight loss or improvements in glucose control during a weight loss intervention,” the authors write.

The study was funded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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