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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Philippa P
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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

New G.
W. C1 years ago

Thank you.

Tracie Padykula
Tracie Padykula2 years ago

I just got my results - I am a diabetic. I feel overwhelmed trying to navigate all the information out there. My doctor said I am actually eatiing quite well as I have recently learned that naturally occuring sugar (as in pineapple) is as bad as added sugar, so I have switched to lower sugar fruits like blueberries. I planned on using Egg Beaters as a source of protein, bit now I wonder if that is a good choice. It is so confusing. I do not need meds or insulin, and I want to avoid getting to that point.

donna m.
donna m2 years ago

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

Joseph E Fasciani

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.

DaleLovesOttawa O.

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.

DaleLovesOttawa O.

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?

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

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