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How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is becoming a global pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases, what about diabetes? There appears to be a stepwise increase in risk as more and more eggs are consumed. One study found that eating just a single egg a week increased the odds of diabetes by 76%. Two eggs a week doubled the odds, and an egg a day tripled the odds.

Recent studies have confirmed the link. In 2009, Harvard researchers found that a single egg a day or more was associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in men and women. This finding has since been confirmed in Asia in 2011 and in Europe in 2012. Reducing egg consumption should start early in life, though, as it appears once we get into our 70s, it may be too late.

For those with diabetes, eggs may then hasten our death. Eating one egg or more a day appears to shorten anyone’s lifespan, but may be even worse for those with diabetes, potentially doubling all-cause mortality, meaning egg-eating diabetics seem to live particularly short lives.

This is not good news for the egg industry. From a transcript of a closed meeting I got through the Freedom of Information Act, one egg industry advisor said, “Given the rate at which obesity and incidence of type II diabetes is growing in the US, any association between dietary cholesterol and type II diabetes could be a ‘showstopper’ that could overshadow the positive attributes in eggs.”

More Freedom of Information Act insights into the egg industry can be found in:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at


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7:42PM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

lol...dang, I love eggs. Lots of eggs!

9:14PM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

As far as I'm concerned, w/this incredibly biased and ill-reasoned propaganda this fool, Dr. Michael Greger, has sealed his fate and should be excluded forever from Care2. He is nothing if not a fear-mongering shill for strict vegans.

True authorities on nutrition, such as Dr Roger Williams, discoverer of TWO of the B vitamins --which should have won him a Nobel, but didn't-- have NEVER spoken or written that eggs were anything but a healthy food.

I suspect he's paid Care2 very well to carry this crapola, and that there is more concern for profits at Care2 than a regard for humankind.

8:53PM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

Interesting, but I tend to find these alarmist studies rather unconvincing, when it comes to eating eggs. People have eaten eggs for a dog's age and it is hardly likely that eggs cause or contribute to diabetes in any way, shape or form.

Since Dr. Michael Greger is vegan, one suspects a wee bit of an inclination to steer people away from any animal-based product.

8:53PM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

Lloyd H, people comment often on all sorts of topics, but it appears that there are a handful of people who oppose the omnivore viewpoint being expressed 'too often.' As for eggs, even many vegetarians eat a significant amount of eggs. When you stated to another: "Do you actually object the number of my comments or the content of the comments?" I would say it is your worldview that is opposed, if you had denounced eggs, then you would have seen a different song about the 'number of comments' that you had made. Interesting, one can comment endlessly in political and other subjects, no one seems to object, yet should you not be espousing a vegan viewpoint, some will object to the number of comments that you make about eggs or other foods. Fascinating, isn't democracy and freedom of speech truly wonderful?

2:54AM PST on Jan 6, 2015

There're always two sides of a coin

10:13AM PST on Dec 31, 2014

Thank you

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4:07AM PST on Dec 29, 2014

Theresa, my grandfather smoked like a chimney, remained quite healthy and died at eighty-five. By this logic, smoking should be healthy too. Different people have different tolerance of certain substances.

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