The debate around the health benefits of eating eggs has been a hot topic in the health community for a number of years. On one hand, eggs are a great source of protein, vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals such as zinc. On the other hand, many have argued that the large amounts of fat and cholesterol found in eggs could contribute to heart disease.
Now, it looks as though a new study conducted by the University of South Australia in partnership with Qatar University and China Medical University, has found that consuming eggs on a regular basis could potentially increase your risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
The longitudinal study was conducted from 1991 to 2009 and is the first of its kind to assess egg consumption in a large sample of Chinese adults. Preliminary results of the study show that people who regularly consumed one or more eggs per day (equivalent to 50 grammes) increased their risk of diabetes by 60 percent.
Between the years 1991-2009, researchers found that the average daily consumption of eggs increased continuously from 16 grams in 1991-93, to 26 grams in 2000-04, and 31 grams in 2009. The study population comprised 8545 adults (average age 50 years) participating in the China Health and Nutrition Survey.
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“What we discovered was that higher long-term egg consumption (greater than 38 grams per day) increased the risk of diabetes among Chinese adults by approximately 25 percent,” said Epidemiologist and public health expert, UniSA’s Dr Ming Li.
“Furthermore, adults who regularly ate a lot of eggs (over 50 grams, or equivalent to one egg, per day) had an increased risk of diabetes by 60 percent,” Li added.
The study also found that the risk of developing diabetes as a result of eating eggs was more pronounced in women than in men.
While these results suggest that higher egg consumption is positively associated with the risk of diabetes in Chinese adults, researchers note that more research is needed to explore causal relationships and the role that eggs may play in the development of type-2 diabetes.
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