Eggs Can Lower the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes According to New Research

by Barbara Hewitt on April 6, 2015

At Easter everyone is indulging in chocolate eggs but people could lower their risk of type 2 diabetes by eating ordinary eggs, researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have found.

They discovered that men who ate approximately four eggs per week had a 37% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than men who only ate approximately one egg per week.

eggsThis association persisted even after possible factors such as physical activity, body mass index, smoking and consumption of fruits and vegetables were taken into consideration. The consumption of more than four eggs did not bring any significant additional benefits.

The study started between the years of 1984 to 1989 and included some 2,300 middle aged men. For the next 20 years, researchers tracked the men and their egg consumption and other lifestyle habits. During that time some 430 of the men developed type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies conducted elsewhere in the world had found that increased egg consumption actually contributed to increased type 2 diabetes risks. But the Finnish researchers said that may have been due to other habits like eating lots of processed meats, smoking and physical inactivity.

The new study on egg consumption also looked at other lifestyle and dietary factors, but the relationship between eating more eggs and having a lower risk for diabetes remained.

Until now there has been no experimental data available on the effects of egg consumption on the incidence of type 2 diabetes. In previous population based studies the association between egg consumption and type 2 diabetes has been investigated only scarcely and the findings have been inconclusive. Egg consumption has either been associated with an elevated risk, or no association has been found.

This study suggests that eggs contain many beneficial nutrients which improve the body’s capability to metabolise sugar, or help to decrease low grade inflammation, which in turn helps to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

However, researchers warned that those who already have type 2 diabetes should not rush to increase their egg intake as they can increase heart disease in some people with diabetes.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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