Australian new study has found that eating just one egg daily increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 percent, reports Daily Mail.
The new study, came from the University of South Australia in partnership with Qatar University and China Medical University, specifically focused on long-term egg consumption and its potential role in the development of diabetes.
The longitudinal study spanned from 1991 to 2009 and focused on Chinese adults.
Their study sample focused on people in China where egg eating is steadily increasing.
Many studies have evaluated the potential health benefits and consequences associated with eating eggs.
Though there's still debate surrounding the topic, the general consensus is that eating the occasional egg is fine, but eating too many may not be healthy.
The latest study on the topic underscores this, warning that excessive egg consumption may increase diabetes risk.
The results found an association between the two, finding that adults who often ate the equivalent of more than one egg per day faced a 60-percent increase in diabetes risk.
In addition, long-term consumption of more than 38 grams of eggs per day was found to increase risk by around 25-percent.
As well, the study also notes that women faced a greater impact than men.
However, the researchers caution that additional research on the topic is necessary to understand the role eggs may play in the development of type-2 diabetes.
TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 DIABETES
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat.
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1, where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
- Type 2, where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react 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.
'Diet is a known and modifiable factor that contributes to the onset type 2 diabetes, so understanding the range of dietary factors that might impact the growing prevalence of the disease is important,' said study author Dr Ming Li at the University of South Australia.
'While the association between eating eggs and diabetes is often debated, this study has aimed to assess people's long-term egg consumption of eggs and their risk of developing diabetes.'
Debate over consuming research
Last year, researchers in Finland found the exact opposite – that eating one egg a day may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Testing men, they found that those who ate a daily egg had a certain lipid profile in their blood which is common among men who never develop the disease.
However, the authors, from the University of East Finland, admitted that the link between the two factors was still unclear.
In 2015, researchers from the very same university found that egg consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes as well as with lower blood glucose levels.