A study conducted by three of the most prestigious medical establishments have linked eating eggs with an increased risk of developing diabetes. The study, conducted by Harvard University, Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and the University of Eastern Finland, found that eggs actually increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, but the study found something even more surprising. The egg-eating, diabetes causing affliction only occurred in the U.S., where unhealthy lifestyles are much more common.
The study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition, and found that of the 250,000 people, who participated in the study (77,000 men and 173,000 women), 12,000 developed a form of the diabetes. Four of the ten studies were conducted in the United States, while the other six were in Japan and Europe.
Diabetes is a major health problem in the US. Research done in 2012 showed that 29.1 million Americans (9.3% of the population) had diabetes and 86 million Americans of age 20 and more had prediabetes. On average more than 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
In the study, they report that every additional egg that a person consumes daily adds a 13 percent chance that a person will develop type 2 diabetes. However, it was found that the risk increased greatly for those from the United States who participated in the study, but concluded that there is not a direct risk for those who participated in the study and were from the other countries. This led them to the conclusion that only those in the United States were at higher risk of developing the diabetic disorder by increasing their daily egg intake.
While examining the results, there was no clear biological factor that could have played a role in the results of the study. This led many scientists to believe that eggs may have played no part in the results at all. It was speculated that the eating of eggs in the U.S. is also associated with other factors that are found in those that live an unhealthy life. This includes such things as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and meat overeating. This led many to conclude that it is the other factors that played a bigger part in the development of the diabetes than egg consumption.
Still, others believe that there is a direct link, concluding that the results in the European and Japanese studies occurred because of faulty data collection. They concluded that eggs do actually play a part in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and that the results in the other six tests should simply be disregarded.
In a statement supporting these ideal advocates stated that the data in the non-American studies proved to be of much “lower quality”, and that this could have played a significant part in the final results.
The important conclusion of the study was that the risk only seemed to increase when additional eggs were added to the diet daily. This means that those who stick to their normal intake, or who intermittently add an egg are not at any kind of risk to develop some form of the diabetes. This should be good news for those who enjoy eggs on a regular basis, but it is recommended to decrease the amount of egg consumption to decrease the risk.