The risk of middle-aged and older men developing type 2 diabetes could be reduced by eating four eggs a week, a new study suggests.
Four eggs per week
A study led by the University of Eastern Finland investigated egg consumptio, with the dietary habits of 2,332 men examined. The participants were aged between 42 and 60.
The men who ate approximately four eggs per week had a 37 per cent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and lower blood glucose levels. These results were taken after a follow-up period of 19.3 years which saw 432 men develop type 2 diabetes.
This association still existed after confounding factors such as BMI, smoking and physical activity were taken into consideration.
Eating more than four eggs per week, however, did not have any additional health benefits.
The researchers concluded that while the cholesterol found in eggs has previously been associated with an elevated and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, this association was not significant in their study.
They also highlighted that eggs contain several beneficial nutrients that can impact low-grade inflammation and glucose metabolism which can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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