0508 GMT April 19, 2019
A University of Eastern Finland that led the study has demonstrated that men who ate four eggs a week had a 37 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate just one.
The research, which examined the eating habits of 2,332 men, aged between 42 and 60, also found a connection between egg consumption and lowered blood sugar levels, independent said.
The scientists found that the links remained strong, even when variations in physical activity, body mass index, smoking and fruit and vegetable consumption were accounted for.
Eating more than four eggs a week was not shown to bring any extra benefits and those who already have type 2 diabetes should not increase their egg intake.
This research comes as another group of Scandinavian scientists claim that eating full-fat dairy products can also cut the risk of developing the disease.
Those who eat high fat dairy products have a 23 percent lower risk of developing the disease, according to researchers at Lund University, Sweden.
This second study, which looks at how different types of saturated fat consumption affects diabetes risk, also found that consuming high fat meat increased the risk.
Dr. Ulrika Ericson said: "Those who ate the most high-fat dairy products had a 23 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate the least.
"High meat consumption was linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes regardless of the fat content of the meat. When we investigated the consumption of saturated fatty acids that are slightly more common in dairy products than in meat, we observed a link with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.”