The University of Eastern Finland has published a new study revealing that consuming eggs lowers type 2 diabetes which is a global health risk. Scientists have determined that preventative measures such as exercise and nutrition have a major impact on controlling diabetes.
This is the first study to link type 2 diabetes and egg consumption and investigated the dietary habits of 2,332 men aged 42-60 in Finland. The men were followed for a period of 19.3 years and 432 men were diagnosed with diabetes during that period.
The study findings revealed that egg consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes as well as with lower blood glucose levels. On average men who consumed approximately four eggs per week had a 37 % lower risk of type 2 diabetes than men who only ate approximately one egg per week.
The researchers attribute a possible health benefit to eggs as the Finland population is not advised that eggs are associated with an unhealthy life style, such as smoking, low physical activity or consumption of processed meats. Eggs contain many beneficial nutrients that can have an effect on, for example, glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation, and thus lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Jyrki K Virtanen et al. Egg consumption and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition., March 2015 DOI: 10.3945/%u200Bajcn.114.104109