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Can People with Type 2 Diabetes Eat Eggs


Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-01-15 11:58

Can People with Type 2 Diabetes Eat EggsA healthy-eating plan can help people with type 2 diabetes keep their blood sugar under control and reduce the risk of associated complications. Eggs are rich in minerals, vitamins and high quality proteins and are high in nutritious value. Can people with type 2 diabetes eat eggs?

The patients with type 2 Diabetes are at risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, characterized by cholesterol-laden deposits in the walls your arteries that obstruct blood flow. Abnormal blood fat levels further contribute to your risk of developing atherosclerosis.

As eggs contain large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fats that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. The patients with type 2 diabetes can include eggs as part of your diabetes diet unless the doctor recommends otherwise.

The average large egg contains 215 mgs of cholesterol solely in the yolk. People are recommended to eat no more than 300 mgs of cholesterol a day. Thereby, after eating an egg, the patients out not to consume more cholesterol such as, from cheese, red meet, and milk on the same day. A way round the cholesterol from an egg is to eat just egg whites or use egg products with few or no yorks. Also, the patients with type 2 diabetes can use cholesterol-free egg substitutes, which are made with egg whites.

Aside from cutting down high-cholesterol foods, the patients with type 2 diabetes should also follow the following dietary guidelines.

Carbohydrates should provide 45~65% of total daily calories. They should be mainly from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Fats should cover 25~35% of daily calories. Monounsaturated and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats are the best types.

Protein should provide 12~20% of daily calories. If the patients have kidney disease, this ratio should be reduced.

As the illness condition varies from person to person, it is necessary for the patients with type 2 diabetes to consult their doctor and decide how many eggs and how much other nutrients should be taken each day.


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