Eggs reduce type 2 diabetes risk

Eggs reduce type 2 diabetes risk

New research from the University of Eastern Finland shows that eggs reduce type 2 diabetes risk.

According to Healthline: “Type 2 diabetes is a common and increasingly prevalent illness that is largely preventable… 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, 8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.”

There are past studies showing the potential glucose balancing effects of eating eggs, but until now, there has been no evidence of eggs reducing type 2 diabetes risk.

The research team analyzed the dietary habits of 2,332 men between the ages of 42 and 60 at the baseline of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, at the University of Eastern Finland in 1984-1989. During a 19.3-year follow-up, 432 of the men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The team found that eggs reduce type 2 diabetes risk, and lowered blood sugar levels. Men who ate about 4 eggs a week had a 37 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than men who only ate about 1 egg a week. The consumption of four or more eggs did not provide any additional benefits.

According to the press release from the University of Eastern Finland: “In addition to cholesterol, eggs contain many beneficial nutrients that can have an effect on, for example, glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation, and thus lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study also suggests that the overall health effects of foods are difficult to anticipate based on an individual nutrient such as cholesterol alone. Indeed, instead of focusing on individual nutrients, nutrition research has increasingly focused on the health effects of whole foods and diets over the past few years.”

The study showing that eggs reduce type 2 diabetes risk was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Eating Eggs Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.” University of Eastern Finland. University of Eastern Finland, 2 Apr. 2015. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.
2. “Egg Consumption and Risk of Incident Type 2 Diabetes in Men: The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Apr. 2015. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.
3. “Type 2 Diabetes Statistics and Facts.” Healthline. Healthline, n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

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