Well, you can definitely go down a “political” rabbit hole.
My reason for starting this thread is that these types of “red/processed meat causes type 2 diabetes” studies/articles are problematic for at least the following reasons:
I cannot think of any basis under which eating just red/processed meat could cause type 2 diabetes;
I can think of many reasons high carbohydrate diets could cause type 2 diabetes.
And the people doing these studies never seem to have to ask or answer mechanistic questions. How does eating red meat cause diabetes? In my mind, unless you can answer that question, red meat does not and cannot cause diabetes.
Thus, I think the study/article falls into the “garbage” category.
And, we’re obviously a biased group, in that many of us have lost weight eating a bunch of red or processed meat. Heck, I think beef and red meat from other ruminants is the healthiest meat and may be (probably is) the healthiest thing we can eat. It’s therefore hard for us to see how diabetes can be caused by eating red/processed meat (or it’s hard for me, anyway).