I've recently been told to get my cholesterol down, or else go on statins, so this article caught my eye in this week's Science section of The New York Times:

"Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, but a new analysis adds to the evidence that they are not the dietary sin we once thought they were. The review suggests that for most people, eating one egg a day is not bad for the heart.

Researchers reviewed eight prospective studies including 263,938 subjects and pooled the data for analysis. They found no evidence that eating up to an egg a day increased the risk of heart disease or stroke. The results were the same for men and women and in all age ranges.

Diabetic patients were the only exception. For them, high egg consumption was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and a reduced risk for hemorrhagic stroke. But there were too few diabetics in the studies to draw reliable conclusions"

full article here:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/eggs-regain-reputation/

What are your thoughts? P.S. I also LOVE bacon!

Tags: cholesterol, eggs, statins

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I eat a lot of eggs. For years I've found the evidence that eggs are unhealthy as unwarranted. If there is any effect, it is minor. There is a principle in medicine, it is that if the effect is real, then it will be proportional to the dosage. More eggs, more heart disease. This study combined the results of a bunch of studies to get more resolution on the question. The curve for the dose response for coronary heart disease is shown below.

I frankly don't think there is any effect. And while the authors did note an effect on a diabetic population, there were only four small studies that looked at diabetics, and you really cannot consider the results for diabetics as reliable.

As far as diabetics are concerned you would also have to control for A1C as a high A1C is associated with a higher incidence of heart disease irrespective of diet. To me eggs are an ideal diabetic food if you are restricting carbs and/or have a good A1C.

Yep, pretty much the only food I can eat for breakfast, so it's a moot point!

Not really. You can always switch to EggBeaters or egg whites.

Not me, it's that substitute thing again, I just don't care for! My cholesterol is ok; I have been taking Lipitor for many years but I don't have any issues with that.

I eat a lot of eggs on my very low carb diet. My cholesterol is 123, with all the other numbers in their right places. It's the carbs that will often keep your cholesterol high, NOT eating fat or things with cholesterol in them.

Eggs a couple of times a week is enough for me. My cholesterol has always been OK, not great but OK so I'm not going to worry a lot about it.

As far as bacon goes I have one word Yummmmmmm!!!

Since my dx, I eat eggs most days of the week and my cholesterol numbers (never bad) have improved. I also eat plenty of nuts, sardines & salmon, and perhaps most importantly, exercise (nearly) every day.

I suppose I eat a half dozen eggs each week. My cholesterol is naturally high and I take statins to keep it in check. Statins work for me and I don't see what the big deal is that surrounds them. I try to stay away from very greasy foods and eat reasonably, leaning toward high protein foods.

I eat 2 eggs every day, most of my life,  my numbers have never been high. If you have diabetes they just automatically place you at high risk. If you ever smoked your a smoker, even if you never inhaled and it was just that one time at a party....I also love bacon, cheese, and red meat.

Component Results

Component Your Value Standard Range Units
CHOLESTEROL 138 120-199 mg/dL
TRIGLYCERIDEs 145 50-150 mg/dL
HDL 64 >39 mg/dL
CHOL/HDL RATIO 2.2 <5.0
NON-HDL CHOLESTEROL 74 95-160 mg/dL
(Note)
Non-HDL Cholesterol = Total Cholesterol - HDL Cholesterol

National Cholesterol Education Program
Adult Treatment Panel (ATP III) Guidelines

The reference ranges provided (effective 08/22/02) are based on
ATP III Guidelines and are not population-based reference ranges
using a population of healthy individuals.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Risk Factors*

--> Cigarette Smoking
--> Hypertension (BP >= 140/90 mm Hg, or on hypertensive medication)
--> Low HDL Cholesterol (<40 mg/dL)
--> Family History of premature CHD [CHD in first degree relative
(M < age 55; F < age 65)]
--> Age (Men >= 45 years; Women >= 55 years)

*Diabetes is regarded as a CHD risk-equivalent.

LDL and Non-HDL Cholesterol Goals:

Risk Category
-------------
CHD and CHD Risk Equivalents LDL: <100 mg/dL Non-HDL: <130 mg/dL
Multiple (>= 2) risk factors LDL: <130 mg/dL Non-HDL: <160 mg/dL
0 or 1 risk factor LDL: <160 mg/dL Non-HDL: <190 mg/dL

Risk calculator: www.nhlbi.nih.gov
LDL 45 <100 mg/dL

My nutritionist recommends two eggs a week for Diabetics. I really enjoy two eggs, bacon and English muffin with sugarless jam.

Cathy

I eat 2 eggs a day, for breakfast. Maybe I should cut back, arg!

FWIW, my mother told me eating egg whites is associated with some sort of health issue, so that wasn't good news to me, nor a solution either. However I do buy them in the quart size carton and add one egg, or if I cook them without adding an egg, I find adding Tumeric and or spinach (wilted with a bit of water) seems to color them yellow, yay! At least they look like the real deal, lol!

P.S. I love bacon, too!

P.P.S. I always cook my eggs in Avocado oil, it can take high heat and Avocado is good for us I'm told, hence the Avocado Oil...I'm lovin' it for cooking with and for use in cold foods, too.

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