Conflicting advice on eggs in diabetes diet

PEOPLE with type 2 diabetes should ignore current Australian advice on egg consumption with the latest evidence suggesting an egg a day increases mortality, the Australian Diabetes Society conference was told.

Dr Alan Barclay, head of research at the Australian Diabetes Council, presented data from a literature review of eight studies on egg consumption to the society’s annual scientific meeting in Perth last week.

Three large studies showed daily egg consumption increased the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with existing diabetes, and a small study showed eating an egg a day increased all-cause mortality in people with diabetes, he said.

The Heart Foundation recommended people with type 2 diabetes could eat up to six eggs a week.

“People with diabetes, or those at risk, should disregard messages put out by the Heart Foundation about egg consumption,” Dr Barclay told MO. 

“Certainly the