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Egg intake linked to diabetes risk

People who eat eggs daily may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new U.S. research.

Those people who ate an egg a day were 58% to 77% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t eat eggs.

The egg study

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School in Boston studied data from over 57,000 U.S. adults from 2 completed trials; the Physicians’ Health Study I and the Women’s Health Study.

After a follow up of 20 years in men and over 11 years in women, 1,921 men and 2,112 women developed type 2 diabetes.

Researchers found that those who ate an egg each day were 58% to 77% more likely than non egg eaters to develop type 2 diabetes.

Researchers comments

Lead researcher Dr. Luc Djousse from Harvard Medical School in Boston said, “Based on the current data, our recommendations would be to consume eggs in moderation and not to exceed six eggs per week.

However, he noted that eggs contain important nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals, and “good” unsaturated fats. He recommends focusing on maintaining a normal weight, exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet.

The research was published in Diabetes Care February 2009 issue.

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