Sahil A. Desai, Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Consuming red meat has been shown to cause a higher risk of premature death  and the intake of processed red meat may be more likely to cause coronary heart disease, stroke, and/or diabetes.  Meats are stated to be rich in the pro-oxidants heme iron, nitrates, and nitrites which can cause oxidative damage and inflammation in different organs.  According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)  and American Heart Association (AHA) , both unprocessed and processed red meat can increase the risks of cancer and heart disease, respectively. It was recommended that substituting white meat and fish for red meat can reduce the risks of disease development.
Sarah Vo, Mercer University College of Pharmacy
The prevalence of diabetes is suggested to have increased over the past two decades and is expected to affect more than 500 million adults by 2030, with most being type 2 diabetes. 
According to the World Health Organization, type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin. With time, it is said that diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. 
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2010. Complications or co-morbid conditions associated with diabetes are said to include hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and dyslipidemia.