April 09, 2008
Eggs Raise Heart Failure Risks

But if you do not have diabetes the risk from eggs only shows up if you eat 7+ eggs per week.

Middle-aged men who ate seven or more eggs a week had a higher risk of earlier death, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Men with diabetes who ate any eggs at all raised their risk of death during a 20-year period studied, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

People with diabetes are already under greater oxidative stress. A diabetic is already in a metabolic danger zone. I expect that some other subsets of populations who have less healthy metabolisms for other reasons (e.g. smokers) are also at greater risk from eating eggs.

Here is the research paper.

My advice: The calorie budget you consume when eating eggs would be better spent by eating nuts (e.g. pistachios for heart health) and beans. Also, some montmorency tart cherries might lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and inflammation markers.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 April 09 09:33 PM  Aging Cardiovascular Studies

Le Brainpik said at April 9, 2008 10:59 PM:

Unmitigated boulderdash. This study should never have seen the light of day. The reason all these studies give contradictory answers is because inflammatory status is left uncontrolled as well as carb consumption. And patient selection matters. Geez, a cohort of physicians... that's a random sample for you!

Cholesterol/fat consumption is NOT the primary cause of whacko cholesterol levels. Consumption of simple carbs is. Isolating eggs as a correlation is like saying bananas and diabetes are correlated. So what?

Peter andonian said at April 9, 2008 11:02 PM:

I would guess that people eating a great number of eggs every week have a higher caloric intake. Since caloric restriction is know to reduce heart risk, I would question the value of this data. It did not look to me like the study controlled for the effect of overall caloric intake at all.

James Bowery said at April 10, 2008 12:44 AM:

I've been trying to figure out what to do with all the yokes. Other than feeding them to the animals -- who grow tired of them very rapidly -- I haven't come up with anything but composting them.

Any suggestions?

clayon said at April 10, 2008 9:18 AM:

Eat them, an egg has about 100 calories. BFD.

Eat sardines with your eggs in a salad of foods. Nothing reduces inflammation Like Eicasopentaenoic Acid, thats the Omega-3 fat found in fish, and particularly high amounts in sardines.

Brett Bellmore said at April 10, 2008 3:29 PM:

How about the Omega 3 eggs? A bit more expensive, but 200mg or more of Omega 3 fatty acids, mostly DHA, per egg.

Jody said at April 10, 2008 6:49 PM:

I think the final paragraph says it all...

Men who ate the most eggs also were older, fatter, ate more vegetables but less breakfast cereal, and were more likely to drink alcohol, smoke and less likely to exercise -- all factors that can affect the risk of heart attack and death.

James Bowery said at April 11, 2008 11:38 AM:

I'm highly suspicious of yokes as compared to egg whites. Any decent study of the health impact of eggs would control for that distinction.

odograph said at April 12, 2008 6:58 AM:

Oh oh (21 eggs/week)

But I'm going on a 20 mile mountain bike ride, maybe that will average out.

Wallace said at April 12, 2008 10:20 PM:

Regarding the egg yolks, I would'nt feed yolks to my dogs because they're loaded with arachidonic acid(AA), the "mother" of inflamation. One can take alot of the omega-3, EPA, to try to counter the AA, but the sensible approach is to limit the AA and its precursor linoleic acid found in vegetable oils(polyunsaturated), plus take EPA and DHA(fish oil). Egg white is excellent protein. Also, forget the omega-3 eggs with thier short-chain omega-3, ALA. Studies have shown the conversion rate from short-chain to long-chain, which we really need, is very poor in humans. The hens are fed flaxseed oil which one could take if it was of value.

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