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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Mike R
Mike R10 days ago

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Mike R
Mike R10 days ago

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Jeanne Rogers4 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers4 months ago

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Philippa Powers1 years ago

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

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Elena Poensgen2 years ago

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W. C2 years ago

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Tracie Padykula
Tracie Padykula3 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.

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donna m.
donna m3 years ago

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

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