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Western Diets Linked to Diabetes


The typical western diet—one that is high in red and processed meats, French fries, high-fat dairy products, refined grains, and sweets and desserts—is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) among men.


van Dam RM et al. Dietary patterns and risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus in U.S. men. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:201–9.