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Chinese Study Claims Heart Diseases Can Be Reduced By Having An Egg A Day


Chinese Study Claims Heart Diseases Can Be Reduced By Having An Egg A Day
A latest Chinese study claims that people would tend to have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke if they are used to consuming an egg just about every day compared to those who do not eat eggs at all.
The study arrived at the decision after it conducted a survey on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. None of the respondents had any heart ailments when they joine4d the study. On the average, almost everyone consumed about half an egg daily while about 9 percent stayed away from eggs and about 13 percent consumed about one egg a day.
The survey study was conducted over a period of nine years or more where the respondents were closely monitored. During that time, 83,977 people developed heart disease or had a heart attack or stroke, and 9,985 died from these conditions.
The study concluded that there was a 11 per cent less likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases and 18 percent less chances of death because of such ailments if people have about 0.76 eggs every day on the average.
"This is important to people, especially those in the part of the world where eggs are major sources of high-quality proteins and other important nutrients for the body," said Dr. Luc Djousse, a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston who wasn't involved in the study.
"The take-home message from this is that when consumed in moderation, there does not appear to be an elevated risk of developing heart disease or stroke," Djousse said by email.
However, this should not be concluded to be an advice to people to eat as many eggs as possible every day.
Djousse said that this is because no information or insight has bene provided in the study about the chances of heart disease or stroke linked ot having more than one egg a day.
"Eggs are not safe for anyone at risk of heart attacks or strokes, but particularly not for diabetics," said Dr. J. David Spence of the Western University Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Center in London, Ontario.
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"Eggs increase the risk of vascular disease," Spence, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. For example, egg yolks contain phosphatidylcholine, a chemical that can contribute to clogged arteries, he said.
The researchers of the study also noted that eggs contained high-quality lean protein and many vitamins along with it being a main source of dietary cholesterol. Inconsistent results have been provided by previous research that tried to link eggs and heart disease. there were some studies that indicated of a protective effect from eggs while other pointing to towards the possibility of egg consumption in large numbers leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Another limitation of the study is that the results derived in China might not be applicable to all parts of the world. There were no problems of high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease among most of the respondents who were generally of a healthy weight.
Now consider the case of the United States where overweight is a problem and where people consume a lot of meat, potatoes and less of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, a study between eggs and heart disease there could yield a different result.