Processed Meat and Hot Dogs May Increase Heart Failure in Men
A recent study published in the online Journal Circulation has shown that as mens consumption of processed red meats goes up, so does the risk for heart failure, which means the heart can't pump blood as well as it should.
Men who ate roughly 2.6 ounces a day -- the equivalent of 2 or 3 slices of ham -- of processed red meats had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure and more than twice the risk of death from heart failure compared with men who ate less than one ounce of processed meat daily, the researchers found.
However, the study doesn't prove a steady diet of bacon or ham will cause heart failure, it can only point to an association, said one expert not involved in the research.
Still, no association was found between unprocessed red meat such as beef or pork and heart failure, the researchers said.
Based on their findings -- published online June 12 in Circulation: Heart Failure
- Dave Fuller