An egg a day keeps diabetes away

By MiNDFOOD

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While it is widely known that an egg a day reduces the risk of heart disease, new research suggests that the same practice may be good for those with type 2 diabetes.

New research from the University of Eastern Finland has found that consumption of one egg every day reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

The investigators have previously shown that eating roughly one egg per day was associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes among middle-aged men participating in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study in eastern Finland.

For the new study, the researchers found that the blood samples of men who ate more eggs included certain lipid molecules that positively correlated with the blood profile of men who remained free of type 2 diabetes. In addition, the researchers identified several biochemical compounds in blood that predicted a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including the amino acid tyrosine.

The study suggests some plausible mechanisms which could at least partly explain the inverse association between egg intake and the previously observed lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

11 vitamins and nutrients, packed into only 74 calories, research also reveals that the humble egg can reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 21 per cent.

Need some inspiration for ways to introduce more egg into your diet? Try these 6 Best Ever Egg Recipes.

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