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Unlocking the Health Concerns of Eggs

Updated: Jan 4

Are eggs the quintessential breakfast choice or a potential hazard to your health? With Dr. Walid Omar, the dedicated primary care physician and owner of Omar Medical in picturesque St. Augustine, Florida, we invite you to delve into the nuanced relationship between egg consumption and your well-being. Let's unravel the impact on heart health, diabetes, and the potential links to certain cancers.

a picture of a broken egg with the yolk spilling out on the table

Heart Disease: The Hidden Risks in Your Morning Eggs

Despite their popularity, eggs are not without controversy. With about 60% of their calories derived from fat, much of it being saturated fat, and loaded with approximately 200 milligrams of cholesterol per average-sized egg, they pose potential risks to heart health. Research published in Circulation has linked egg consumption to an increased risk of dying from heart disease. The systematic review of existing research supports the notion that limiting dietary cholesterol intake is crucial for improved heart health.

A recent 2021 study uncovered alarming associations. The addition of just half an egg per day was correlated with higher mortality rates from heart disease, cancer, and all causes. Each 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol consumed per day escalated mortality risk by up to 24%.

Additionally, a study in JAMA found that for every 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol, the risks for cardiovascular disease and mortality increased by 17% and 18%, respectively. When it came to eggs, each half egg caused a 6% and 8% increased risk, respectively. Furthermore, a study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology identified a 19% higher risk for cardiovascular problems in those who consumed the most eggs.

While some industry-funded research downplays these effects, a Physicians Committee review highlighted that over 85% of studies, regardless of funding sources, indicated unfavorable effects of eggs on blood cholesterol. Interestingly, 49% of industry-funded publications reported conclusions conflicting with actual study results.

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Diabetes: A Hidden Link to Your Daily Egg Habit

Surprisingly, egg consumption may also play a role in diabetes risk. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that consuming one or more eggs per day could increase the risk of diabetes by 60%. Similar findings emerged from a review of 14 studies, revealing a 68% higher risk of diabetes in those who consumed the most eggs. The connection to gestational diabetes was further solidified by two studies in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Cancer: Unraveling the Connections

Eggs have also found themselves implicated in certain types of cancer, including colon, rectal, and prostate cancers.

For a comprehensive understanding of these health concerns related to eggs, explore resources at Physicians Committee.

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