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Is Eating Eggs Really as Bad for Your Heart as Smoking? (health)

by AC @, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:06

Cardiologists say the study shouldn’t be taken so seriously because the research is flawed.

Heart Disease
Is Eating Eggs Really as Bad for Your Heart as Smoking?
By Alexandra Sifferlin

A new study suggests that eating three whole eggs a week can thicken the arteries as much as smoking. Some heart experts say not so fast

Is your breakfast omelet harming your heart? A recent study by researchers at Western University in Canada found that the more egg yolks people ate, the thicker their artery walls became — an indicator of heart disease risk — and that the effect was almost as bad as from smoking cigarettes.

In the study, the researchers measured carotid plaque build-up in the arteries of 1,231 men and women, average age 62, who were seeking care at cardiovascular-health clinics. Participants filled out questionnaires detailing lifestyle habits including medication use, cigarette smoking and egg-yolk consumption. The researchers gauged how much people smoked and how many egg yolks they ate over time, by calculating their “pack-years” (the number of packs of cigarettes people smoked per day multiplied by the number of years they spent smoking) and “egg-yolk years” (how many egg yolks they ate per week for how many years).

FINISH READING this at: Time Magazine

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