Buy at most two servings of red meat per person per week.
Red meat contains saturated fat, and one study found that women with type 2 diabetes who ate more red meat were more likely to develop heart disease than women with diabetes who ate less. Other research showed that the more red meat women ate over almost nine years, the more likely they were to develop type 2 diabetes.
Skip the bacon and hot dogs.
While red meat seems to increase the risk of developing diabetes, processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs seem to increase it even more.
Choose turkey or chicken breast at the deli counter.
Lean slices of meat on whole-wheat bread topped with mustard and baby spinach leaves make a healthy, low-cholesterol lunch—that is, if you select lunch meats that are low in saturated fat. Skip the salamis and bolognas. Good second choices are lean ham and roast beef—just stick to two slices or 11⁄2 ounces of meat in your sandwich.