Up to an egg a day may not raise risk of heart attack and stroke

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

May 23, 1999|By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun

Q. My husband loves eggs and used to eat them several times a week. When he was told, 25 years ago, that he had a cholesterol problem, he gave up eggs, butter and saturated fat. Even with a good diet, his cholesterol stayed high. The doctor decided five years ago that my husband needed a cholesterol-lowering drug. He now takes Pravachol, which keeps his cholesterol around 180. We just read that eggs are not a problem anymore. This is hard to believe, but would it be all right for him to have an egg once in awhile?

A. As heretical as it may sound, up to an egg a day does not appear to have a major impact on most people's risk of heart attack or stroke. That is what Harvard researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month.

People assumed that because eggs contain cholesterol, they would increase the risk of heart disease. But studies of more than 37,000 men and 80,000 women followed for many years demonstrated that avoiding eggs did not prevent cardiovascular problems. These results may not apply to diabetics. If your husband is not diabetic, he could certainly enjoy an egg now and then.

King Features Syndicate

Pub Date: 05/23/99

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