People who eat diets high in protein could die earlier, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California, the Washington Post says .
The study, published in the journal “Cell Metabolism,” followed thousands of middle-aged adults for almost 20 years and found those with high-protein diets were “four times more likely to die of cancer” than study subjects with diets that were low in protein, according to the Washington Post .
The Post called this risk level similar to that of smoking. Some diet programs like Atkins and Paleo focus on heavy amounts of protein to drop weight in the short-term, but this study shows how these diets could negatively impact health in the long-term.
In addition to the threat of cancer, protein eaters were more likely to die of diabetes.
While this increased risk of cancer and diabetes was true for middle-aged adults, the study found that more protein could actually be good for those over age 65, the Post says .
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