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One egg per day increases the risk of developing diabetes by 60%, warns a study


Eating just one egg a day increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 percent, according to a new study.

Australian researchers who examined a sample of 8,545 Chinese adults found a positive correlation between higher egg consumption and high blood sugar levels.

Eggs are versatile, nutritious and advertised as "healthy fast food" in the UK, but have proven to be the ultimate puzzle for diabetes researchers.

Previous studies have shown that eating eggs can actually keep diabetes at bay.

This new study suggests that consuming one egg a day regularly – either boiled, messed up, poached, or fried – makes you more prone to the condition that occurs when a person's blood sugar is too high.

According to researchers who studied a sample of Chinese adults, the health benefits of consuming eggs regularly aren't all that matter.

TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood sugar is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin helps your body use glucose for energy.

There are two main types of diabetes:

– – Type 1where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

– – Type 2where the body does not make enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1.

In the UK, around 90% of adults with type 2 diabetes have.

"Diet is a known and changeable factor that contributes to the occurrence of type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it is important to understand the various dietary factors that can affect the increasing prevalence of the disease," said study author Dr. Ming Li from the University of South Australia.

"While the link between egg consumption and diabetes is widely discussed, this study aims to assess long-term egg consumption of eggs and their risk of developing diabetes."

The study specifically focused on people in China who, according to Dr. Li have transitioned from a traditional diet of grains and vegetables to a more processed diet of larger amounts of meat, snacks, and eggs.

From 1991 to 2009, the number of people eating eggs in China almost doubled – from 16 grams in 1991 to 1993 to 26 grams in 2000 to 2004 and 31 grams in 2009.

Diabetes was responsible for at least $ 760 billion in healthcare spending in 2019 – 10 percent of total global healthcare spending.

In China, the cost of diabetes has exceeded $ 109 billion.

For the study, Dr. Li and her team provide data on the 8,545 adults who participated in the China Health and Nutrition Survey from 1991 to 2009.

The China Health and Nutrition Survey is an ongoing survey sponsored by the U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) designed to study the impact of health policy and nutrition in China.

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood sugar is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood sugar is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat

WHAT IS A FASTING BLOOD SUGAR TEST?

When fasting the blood sugar test, a blood sample is taken after an overnight fast.

Fasting blood sugar levels less than 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg / dL) are normal.

A fasting blood sugar level of 100 to 125 mg / dl is considered pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal and often leads to type 2 diabetes.

If it is 126 mg / dL or more on two separate tests, it indicates diabetes.

Participants had recorded their egg consumption habits while diabetes was diagnosed using a fasting blood sugar test in 2009.

High long-term egg consumption of eggs – more than 38 grams per day – increased the risk of diabetes in Chinese adults by around 25 percent, the team said.

Adults who ate more than 50 grams or the equivalent of an egg per day had a 60 percent increased risk of diabetes.

The association was also stronger in women than men, suggesting that women are at greater risk of diabetes if they eat eggs regularly.

Dr. Li said more research is needed to examine causal links – whether they can prove that eating eggs is the cause of diabetes.

"Combating diabetes requires a multi-faceted approach that includes not only research but clear guidelines to inform and guide the public," she said.

"This study is a step towards that long-term goal."

Last year, researchers in Finland found exactly the opposite: Eating one egg a day can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

When testing men, they found that those who ate an egg daily had a certain lipid profile in the blood that is common in men who never develop the disease.

However, the authors from the University of Eastern Finland admitted that the relationship between the two factors was still unclear.

In 2015, researchers from the same university found that eating eggs was linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as lower blood sugar levels.

Men who ate about four eggs a week had a 37 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than men who ate only about one egg a week.

Jyrki Virtanen, associate professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland, said there was little scientific evidence to date about the risk of eggs and diabetes.

He said, "There are no experimental data on the effects of egg consumption on the incidence of type 2 diabetes."

However, there is still a possibility that heavy egg consumption increases the risk of developing diabetes if people do not have diabetes.

Eggs contain 187 mg of cholesterol, and official guidelines recommend that people with diabetes limit their daily cholesterol limit to 200 mg.

Eggs are also high in protein – around seven grams per egg – that our bodies convert to glucose when we consume too much of it.

The American Diabetes Association, meanwhile, recommends that people who already have diabetes eat eggs.

Each egg contains about 0.5 grams of carbohydrates, which theoretically keep blood sugar in check.

In the UK, around 90 percent of adults with diabetes have type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which a person's blood sugar levels get too high.

There are two main types of diabetes:

– – Type 1where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

– – Type 2where the body doesn't make enough insulin or the body's cells don't respond to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1.

In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes can be achieved through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a healthy weight.

The main symptoms of diabetes are feeling very thirsty, urinating more often (especially at night), feeling very tired, losing weight and losing muscle mass.

Source: NHS

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