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

Egg consumption may raise risk of type 2 diabetes
By Sue Mueller
Nov 21, 2008 - 12:05:26 AM

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Thursday Nov 20, 2008 ( -- A new study published in Nov 18, 2008 issue of Diabetes Care suggests that eating eggs increases risk of type 2 diabetes both in men and women.


The study led by Djoussé L and colleagues showed high consumption of eggs led to high risk of type 2 diabetes.


For the study, the researchers looked at data from two completed randomized trial involving 20,703 men from Physicians' Health Study I (1982 to 2007) and 36,295 women from the Women’s Health Study (1992-2007).


Men and women were followed up for 20 years and about 12 years respectively.   During the follow-ups, 1,921 men and 2,112 women developed type 2 diabetes.


It was found that men who ate less than 1, 1, 2 to 4, 5 to 6, and more than 7 eggs per week were 9, 9, 18, 46 and 58 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes respectively.


For women, the risk of diabetes was increased by 6,-3, 19, 18 and 77 percent respectively.


The researchers concluded that "these data suggest that high levels of egg consumption (daily) are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women."


Djoussé L, Gaziano JM, Buring JE, Lee I.  and risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women. Diabetes Care. Published online ahead of print November 18, 2008. DOI: 10.2337/dc08-1271.

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