Egg consumption increases the risk of gestational diabetes, according to a new article in this week’s American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers analyzed two studies conducted in Washington state, the Omega Cohort Study and the Alpha Case-Control Study, and found that as egg and cholesterol intake increased, so did the risk of gestational diabetes. Women who consumed the most eggs (greater than or equal to seven per week) had a 77 percent increased risk of diabetes in the Omega study and a 165 percent increased risk in the Alpha study, compared with those who consumed the least.
- Qiu C, Frederick IO, Zhang C, Sorensen TK, Enquobahrie DA, Williams MA. Risk of gestational diabetes mellitus in relation to maternal egg and cholesterol intake. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;173:649-658.