Does an egg a day keep the cardiologist away?

Does an egg a day keep the cardiologist away?

Individuals who consume eggs daily have nearly a 20 percent lower risk of being affected by the leading cause of death and disability worldwide – heart disease – according to a recent study.

Also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease often reveals itself in the form of chest pain, stroke or heart attack.

Researchers studied nearly half a million adults in China over the course of nine years and monitored their egg intake, in addition to corresponding CVD risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking, among other factors.

Their findings ultimately revealed that the subjects who consumed about one egg per day had a lower risk of developing heart disease, as compared to those who did not eat any eggs.

“Eggs do contain high-quality proteins and vitamins that our bodies need for healthy and proper cardiovascular function,” says Dr. Neal Sawlani, a structural heart cardiologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. “However, they are also high in cholesterol.”

Dr. Sawlani warns that even though eggs are high in “good” cholesterol, you can still run the risk of developing diabetes – a factor that was not looked at as a part of this study.

“There are a number of ways to ensure good heart health,” says Dr. Sawlani. “But the key is everything in moderation. Take a look at your plate and make sure it’s colorful. You want to make sure you’re getting your fruits and a variety of vegetables.”

According to the World Health Organization, CVD takes nearly 18 million lives annually, responsible for nearly a third of deaths globally.

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  1. I don’t see how the sentence about diabetes relates to the rest of the piece. “Dr. Sawlani warns that even though eggs are high in “good” cholesterol, you can still run the risk of developing diabetes – a factor that was not looked at as a part of this study.” If eggs or cholesterol have something to do with developing diabetes this might make sense. Please have this edited again by an expert.

  2. I caught that, too. What does cholesterol have to do with developing diabetes. Also, what happened to all those heart patients that stopped eating eggs because their doctors said they contain cholesterol?

  3. Agree with Rebekah.

  4. My dietician says eggs don’t effect cholesterol my choleseral is best ever yet now I havr a fatty liver ,atavatorstin or ibuprofen damaged, paleo keto to diet, what’s the cause

  5. Wow, I didn’t know consuming egg once a day can reduce risk of heart disease. Luckily I ate 2-3 eggs a day 😀

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Kelsey Sopchyk
Kelsey Sopchyk

Kelsey Sopchyk, health enews contributor, is a media relations coordinator at Advocate Aurora Health. She earned her BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, you can find Kelsey tending to her plant children, trying new sushi restaurants in Chicago and cheering on the Cubs.