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Friday, April 11, 2008

Men Who Eat This Risk Dying Earlier

Men in their 40s and 50s who eat seven or more eggs a week have a higher risk of dying earlier, according to an alarming 20-year study of 21,327 male physicians by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It gets worse. Men who have diabetes and eat any eggs at all raise their risk of an early death.

Reuters reports that this new research adds to the growing body of evidence--much of which is contradictory--about the safety of eggs. Led by Dr. Luc Djousse and Dr. J. Michael Gaziano, the team found that men who don't have diabetes can safely eat up to six eggs a week, but if they consume seven or more, they have a 23 percent greater risk of death. Men who have diabetes and consumed even a single egg each week had twice the risk of dying from all causes, especially heart attack and stroke.

So what is it in eggs that increases the risk of death?
Other than the fact that eggs are packed with cholesterol, which in high amounts can clog arteries and thus raise the risk of heart and stroke, Djousse and Gaziano don't know the answer to that question. They were able to determine that the men in the study who ate the most eggs were older, fatter and ate more vegetables but less breakfast cereal. They also were more likely to drink alcohol and smoke and were less likely to exercise, all of which can affect the risk for heart attacks and death.

Dr. Robert Eckel of the University of Colorado and a former president of the American Heart Association, cautions that eggs are like all other foods. "They are neither 'good' nor 'bad,' and they can be part of an overall heart-healthy diet," he says. Still, he suggests middle-aged men should watch how many eggs they eat. The study findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
source: Netscape.com

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