Even just a single egg a week may increase the risk of diabetes, the leading cause of lower-limb amputations, kidney failure, and new cases of blindness.
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Type 2 diabetes is becoming a world pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases, what about diabetes? Researchers found a stepwise increase in risk the more and more eggs people ate. Eating just a single egg a week appeared to increase the odds of diabetes by 76%. Two eggs a week appeared to double the odds, and just a single egg a day tripled the odds. Three times greater risk of type 2 diabetes, one of the leading causes of death and amputations, blindness, and kidney failure.
This is not the first time a link between eggs and diabetes has been reported. In 2009, Harvard found that a single egg a day or more was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women, and that finding has since also been confirmed in other populations: Asia in 2011 and Europe in 2012. And the "high" consumption of eggs associated with diabetes risk was less than one a day, though it appears you have to start early—once you get into your 70s avoiding eggs may not help.
Once we then have diabetes, eggs may hasten our death. Eating one egg a day or more appears to shorten anyone's lifespan but may double the all-cause mortality for those with diabetes. Not good news for the egg industry. From a transcript of a closed meeting I got through the Freedom of Information Act: "Given the rate at which obesity and incidence of type II diabetes is growing in the US, any association between dietary cholesterol and type II diabetes could be a "showstopper" that could overshadow the positive attributes in eggs.”
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Flax seeds may help control blood sugars (Flaxseeds for Diabetes) as well as Indian gooseberries (Amla Versus Diabetes), but our best bet may be a diet composed entirely of plants (How to Prevent Diabetes and How to Treat Diabetes).
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