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Study finds eating too many eggs may increase risk of diabetes

Numerous studies have evaluated the potential health benefits and consequences associated with eating eggs. While there is still debate around this topic, the general consensus is that eating eggs occasionally is beneficial, but eating too many may be unhealthy. Recent research on this topic highlights this point and warns that consuming too many eggs may increase the risk of diabetes.

The new study, from the University of South Australia in collaboration with Qatar University and China Medical University, found that eating an egg a day may substantially increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The longitudinal study spanned the period from 1991 to 2009 and focused on Chinese adults.

China is facing a growing public health crisis and has reported a significant increase in type 2 diabetes in recent years. During this period, the traditional Chinese diet has been increasingly replaced by different foods, including increased consumption of eggs and high-calorie snacks.

This new study focused specifically on long-term egg consumption and its potential role in the development of diabetes. The results found an association between the two, finding that adults who ate more than one egg a day faced a 60% increased risk of diabetes.

Also, long-term consumption of more than 38 grams of eggs per day was found to increase the risk by about 25%. The study also noted that women faced a more significant impact than men. However, the researchers cautioned that more research on the topic is needed to understand the role eggs may play in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Wang, Y., Li, M., & Shi, Z. (2020). Higher egg consumption associated with increased risk of diabetes in Chinese adults – China Health and Nutrition Survey. British Journal of Nutrition, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S0007114520003955

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