Red meat may increase cancer risk

Jasmine Phu

March 2, 2011

Many older adults enjoy the occasional steak or hamburger, but if one indulges in this habit too often, it may carry serious health consequences. The British government is now advising people to start eating less red meat due a possible link to cancer, according to The Centre Daily Times.

"This doesn't mean people have to become vegetarian, but if you're having a steak every day, that's probably not helping," Ed Yong, head of health information and evidence at Cancer Research U.K., told the news provider .

Researchers found that more than 40 percent of British men have consume of the equivalent of a quarter pound hamburger in their diet each day.

One 2005 European study revealed that those who eat 160 grams of red meat daily have a third-higher chance of developing bowel cancer than other participants.

Older adults who are looking to live a healthy lifestyle during the golden years may also want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in a home. This device can enable users to instantly send a medical alert to hospitals if they suffer from an unexpected health condition.

WebMD.com reports that, in addition to cancer risks, red meat has clearly been linked to a higher chance of heart disease due to its high content of saturated fat.