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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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Dr. Michael Greger

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 NutritionFacts.org.

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10:29PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Yea .... and next year they will cause it.
All these studies are starting to drive me crazy.

10:40AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Thanks

3:01PM PDT on May 31, 2014

Thank you :)

11:32AM PDT on May 31, 2014

Yeah, but no. My grandparents both ate eggs on the daily for their entire lives. They died in their mid 80s. Sorry, but I'll keep having my 1-2 happy eggs a day, thanks.

10:03AM PDT on May 30, 2014

Interesting to know, though I'm a huge fan of eggs and don't see myself avoiding them anytime soon.

4:05AM PDT on May 29, 2014

I'm not giving up eggs...

5:43AM PDT on May 28, 2014

If I were to give up eggs and dairy, then the only breakfast I could eat would be bread and jam. Don't you think jam would give me diabetes even faster?

9:29AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Oh come on! We´re all different! My parends had a friend who ate eggs daily and he lived happy until he was 96, he ate organic eggs. I ate buy eggs from a neighbor who has chickens in her yard, there is no way I´m quitting eggs!!

12:32AM PDT on May 27, 2014

I think I'm going to have a fried egg now.
Hmmmm

7:47PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Gross. Poor chickens

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