Eggs and diabetes

Meal made from eggs

It’s sometimes thought that people with diabetes should avoid too many eggs, but overall recent research suggests that eating eggs as part of a healthy diet has no detrimental effect on the health of people with type 2 diabetes. 

Some early research appeared to show that eating more than 7 eggs a week might increase heart disease risk in people with diabetes.  It is probable that this apparent association arises because in the past eggs were most often eaten as part of unhealthy dietary patterns, alongside foods that are high in saturated fat (such as sausages or bacon) and as part of an unhealthy lifestyles.

Other more recent studies have found no association between eggs (or dietary cholesterol) and type 2 diabetes. Therefore the advice from Diabetes UK, for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, places no restrictions on eggs provided that they are eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet which is rich in fruit, vegetables and wholegrains [1].

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1. What is a healthy, balanced diet for diabetes? Diabetes UK.