Thursday, April 10, 2008

Eating eggs deadly for middle aged men?

Longevity hopefuls beware

According to a 20-year study of 21,327 men recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the consumption of 7 or more eggs a week increased risk of death by a whopping 23%, and diabetic men who regularly ate any eggs at all fully doubled their risk of death.

This held true even for those who ate more than an average amount of vegetables (sorry ovo-lactos).

Eggs are rich in cholesterol, which in high amounts can clog arteries and raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.

"More egg on our faces? It's really hard to say at this point, but it still seems, if you're a middle-aged male physician and enjoy eggs more than once a day, that having some of the egg left on your face may be better than having it go down your gullet," said Dr. Robert Eckel of the University of Colorado and a former president of the American Heart Association.

[ Link via Reuters ]