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Diet & Health : General Health Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Eating eggs may raise type 2 diabetes risk
By Sue Mueller
Feb 4, 2009 - 11:59:24 AM

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Feb 4, 2009 ( -- Eating too many eggs too often may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study published in the Feb 2009 issue of Diabetes Care suggests.


The study led by Djousse L and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts found that higher consumption of eggs per week was linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes both in men and women.


The study examined data from two completed randomized trials, the Physicians' Health Study I involving 20,703 participants and the Women’s Health Study involving 36,295 women.


During the 20-year follow-up in men and 11.7-year follow-up in women, 1,921 men and 2,112 women were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.


Djousse L and colleagues found that compared with those who did not consume eggs, men who ate less than 1, 1, 2 to 4, 5 to 6 and 7 or more eggs per week had their risk of type 2 diabetes increased by 9, 9, 18, 46, and 58 percent respectively.


Compared with women who did not eat eggs, the risk of type 2 diabetes in those who ate less than 1, 1, 2 to 4, 5 to 6 and 7 or more eggs per week was increased by 6, -3, 19, 18, and 77 percent respectively.


The researchers concluded the findings suggest that high levels of daily egg consumption are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women.  


But they also said these findings need to be confirmed in other populations.

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