Eating Eggs Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Dec 21, 2008 by

Eating Eggs Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A study recently published in the November issue of the journal Diabetes Care has suggested a link between eating eggs and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. This applied to both men and women.

For the study, the team examined data from two previous studies, the Physicians’ Health Study I, which involved 20,703 men and ran from 1982 to 2007, as well as the Women’s Health Study, which ran from 1992 to 2007 and involved some 36,295 women.

The men were followed up for a period of 20 years, while the women were followed up for a period of 12 years. During these timeframes, 1,921 men and 2,112 women developed type 2 diabetes.

The study, led by Djoussé L, found that the risk of getting type 2 diabetes increases with the amount of eggs eaten. Men who ate less than 1 egg per week were 9% more likely to develop the condition. Eating 1 egg per week also translated to a 9% higher risk. For 2 to 4 eggs per week, the increased risk was 18%. When it came to 5 to 6 eggs, the increase in risk became a staggering 46%, while 7 eggs or more resulted in a 58% higher risk.

For the women, the corresponding increase in risk was 6%, -3% (decrease), 19%, 18% and 77% respectively.

In conclusion, the study team concluded that their findings “suggest that high levels of egg consumption (daily) are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women”.

It’s time to watch the egg intake.

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