Egg in­take & meta­bolic syn­drome

B et­ter health with eggs

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

Linked with the risk of de­vel­op­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and di­a­betes, meta­bolic syn­drome is a clus­ter­ing of at least three of five of the fol­low­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions: ab­dom­i­nal (cen­tral) obe­sity, el­e­vated blood pres­sure, el­e­vated fast­ing plasma glu­cose, high serum triglyc­erides and low high-density lipopro­tein (HDL) 'good choles­terol' lev­els.

The pub­lic has long been ad­vised to limit egg con­sump­tion, de­spite lit­tle ev­i­dence of any harm­ful ef­fect of eggs on blood choles­terol. This study eval­u­ated the po­ten­tial as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween egg con­sump­tion and meta­bolic syn­drome (Mets) in adults. A to­tal of 2 887 sub­jects were re­cruited from 2005 to 2009. Af­ter ex­clud­ing sub­jects who had Mets at base­line, 1 663 sub­jects were fol­lowed for an av­er­age of 3.2 years.

Dur­ing the fol­low-up pe­riod, Mets oc­curred in 289 sub­jects. Con­sum­ing more than 3 eggs per week was sig­nif­i­cantly as­so­ci­ated with de­creased risk of Mets in both men and women com­pared to non-users. There was an in­verse re­la­tion­ship be­tween egg con­sump­tion and ab­dom­i­nal obe­sity in men and women. Also, higher egg con­sump­tion in men was as­so­ci­ated with a de­creased risk of high fast­ing blood glu­cose and high triglyc­erides.

Th­ese find­ings add to the body of ev­i­dence that ad­vise on egg in­take should fo­cus on rec­om­mend­ing egg in­take as part of a healthy diet as op­posed to the old view of restrict­ing egg in­take in healthy mid­dle-aged and elderly peo­ple.¡

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