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Eating one egg a day regularly can increase your risk of diabetes by 60%

Published on:17 November 2020, 12:22pm IST
Eggs have long been linked to heart disease. And while the medical community has cleared the food of cardiovascular culpability, its role in diabetes has come to light.
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Eggs and diabetes might share a connection that no one saw coming. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Most of us in India have grown up hearing why we must eat eggs from Sunday to Monday. And with recent scientific advents clearing this food from any heart disease culpability, we have even more reasons now to nosh on it.

After all, eggs are loaded with protein, B vitamins, and vitamin D and can help you lose weight. So eating one egg a day may not be such a bad idea after all. Right? Well, not really. Because excessive consumption of eggs can increase your risk of diabetes.

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A new research from the University of South Australia—in partnership with the China Medical University and Qatar University—shows that excess egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes.

Eggs are pretty much the perfect food! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Yes, eating too many eggs can give you diabetes

The study, which was conducted between 1991 and 20019 on a large sample of Chinese adults found that people who regularly consumed one or more eggs per day (equivalent to 50 grams) increased their risk of diabetes by 60%.

“Diet is a known and modifiable factor that contributes to the onset of type 2 diabetes, so understanding the range of dietary factors that might impact the growing prevalence of the disease is important,” says epidemiologist and public health expert, UniSA’s Dr Ming LiDr Li.

“Egg consumption has also been steadily increasing. From 1991 to 2009, the number of people eating eggs in China nearly doubled. While the association between eating eggs and diabetes is often debated, this study has aimed to assess people’s long-term egg consumption of eggs and their risk of developing diabetes, as determined by fasting blood glucose,” added Dr Li.

“What we discovered was that higher long-term egg consumption (greater than 38 grams per day) increased the risk of diabetes among Chinese adults by approximately 25%.

“Furthermore, adults who regularly ate a lot of eggs (over 50 grams, or equivalent to one egg, per day) had an increased risk of diabetes by 60%.”

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The effect was also more pronounced in women than in men. Dr Li says that while these results suggest that higher egg consumption is positively associated with the risk of diabetes in Chinese adults, more research is needed to explore causal relationships.

“To beat diabetes, a multi-faceted approach is needed that not only encompasses research, but also a clear set of guidelines to help inform and guide the public. This study is one step towards that long-term goal.”

(With inputs from ANI)

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