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High-protein diets linked to high risk of premature death

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A new study says middle-aged people who eat a diet high in animal proteins from milk, meat and cheese are more likely to die of cancer than someone who eats a low-protein diet.

These people are more likely to die at an earlier age, according to the study.

This new study was published in Cell Metabolism. Researchers looked at more than 6,300 people all over the age of 50.

The team was divided into three groups: high, moderate and low protein diet eaters.

According to this specific study, 74 percent who ate high-protein diets were more likely to die before the end of the study than those who ate low-protein diets.

A smaller group within this study had their growth hormones that can increase cancer risks recorded.

It showed those who ate a larger portion of meat and cheeses were four times more likely to die of cancer than those who ate more of a plant-based diet.

Eyewitness spoke to oncologist Dr. Andrew Salner from Hartford Hospital, who said he agrees with the study but said there are two conflicting findings that raises some questions.

"One was people over 65 should eat a diet high in protein, and I can't correlate findings with anything I know," Salner said. "Study seems to indicate that high calories coming in that we should cut protein overall. I think other than saturated fat connection, I'm not sure of that either."

Salner added this study needs to be looked at over a longer period of time.

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