According to researchers, eating one egg every day substantially increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Whereas limited and inconsistent findings have been reported on the relation between dietary cholesterol or egg consumption and fasting glucose, no previous studies have examined the association between egg consumption and type 2 diabetes.
This study sought to examine the relation between egg intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes in two large prospective cohorts.
Data was used from two completed randomized trials: 20,703 men from the Physicians’ Health Study I (1982-2007) and 36,295 women from the Women’s Health Study (1992-2007). Egg consumption was ascertained using questionnaires, and the Cox proportional hazard model was useed to estimate relative risks of type 2 diabetes.
Eating an egg every day was found to increase the overall risk of type 2 diabetes by about 60 per cent. For women the risk of type 2 diabetes increased by 77 per cent. Eating just one egg a week carried no increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
The data from this study suggests that high levels of egg consumption are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women.