Egg eating linked to Type 2 diabetes

February 4, 2009 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Egg eating linked to Type 2 diabetes
People who sit down to a daily breakfast of eggs may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research published in Diabetes Care.

In this study of 57,000 U.S. adults, researchers found that those who ate one egg a day were 58 percent to 77 percent more likely than non-egg-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes.

The authors stressed that these findings do not necessarily mean that eggs themselves put people on a path to diabetes - but they do suggest limiting your egg intake to less than six eggs per day.

It's not clear why eggs are linked to diabetes, but cholesterol may play a role. In this study, daily cholesterol intake was also related to diabetes risk, and when the researchers factored this in, the relationship between egg intake and diabetes weakened.

Health experts say it's important for people with risk factors for type 2 diabetes - such as obesity and family history - to pay attention to their overall cholesterol intake.

In addition to eggs, cholesterol is found in bacon, red meat, cheese and cheese sauces, milk, and snack foods like potato chips, pork rinds and beef jerky.

Eating an overall healthy diet that helps you maintain a healthy weight is more important than avoiding one particular food or nutrient.

Eggs in moderation can be a part of a healthy diet as they are an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

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