There was a lot of debate about whether or not eating eggs was good for your health.
Some studies suggested that eating eggs might increase your risk of certain health conditions, while others showed no association or even suggested that eggs could be beneficial.
To help clear up the confusion, a group of scientists from Boston University decided to conduct a study.
They recruited 2349 adults between the ages of 30-64 who were part of the Framingham Offspring Study, a long-term study of heart health.
The participants were asked to keep a three-day dietary record, which the scientists used to assess their egg consumption.
But just looking at egg consumption alone wasn’t enough. There are a lot of factors that can affect your health, so the scientists wanted to control for as many of those factors as possible.
They looked at things like age, sex, body mass index, and other dietary factors to see if any of those variables might be influencing the relationship between egg intake and health outcomes.
The team looked at continuous outcomes like fasting glucose levels, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure, as well as categorical outcomes like whether or not someone had type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
What did they find? Well, it turns out that eating eggs might actually be good for you!
People who ate five or more eggs per week had lower average fasting glucose levels and systolic blood pressure after four years of follow-up.
Additionally, those who ate more eggs had a lower risk of developing impaired fasting glucose, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure over time.
But there was a catch. The beneficial effects of eating eggs were even stronger when combined with other healthy dietary patterns.
In other words, if someone ate a lot of eggs but also ate a lot of junk food and didn’t exercise, they might not see the same benefits as someone who ate eggs as part of a balanced and nutritious diet.
So, what’s the bottom line? It seems that eating eggs as part of a healthy diet can have long-term positive effects on blood pressure and glucose metabolism, and lower the risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes.
Of course, everyone’s body is different, so it’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor or nutritionist before making any major changes to your diet.
But for most people, adding a few eggs to their diet each week is a simple and delicious way to support their overall health and well-being.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common health condition that can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. Here are some tips:
Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of high blood pressure. If you are overweight, losing just a few pounds can make a big difference in reducing your risk.
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing hypertension. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week.
Limit alcohol intake: Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure. Men should limit themselves to no more than two drinks per day, while women should have no more than one drink per day.
Quit smoking: Smoking can damage blood vessels and increase blood pressure. Quitting smoking can help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and other health problems.
Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to high blood pressure. Try stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to help manage stress.
By making these lifestyle changes, you can help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and promote better overall health.
The research was published in Nutrients and was conducted by Melanie M Mott et al.
If you care about blood pressure, please read studies about unhealthy habits that could increase high blood pressure risk, and people with severe high blood pressure should reduce coffee intake.
For more information about blood pressure, please see recent studies that early time-restricted eating could help improve blood pressure, and results showing plant-based foods could benefit people with high blood pressure.
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