Egg consumption and coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic men and women.

High egg intake may promote the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery calcification.

This study evaluated the relationship between egg consumption and coronary artery calcification. Using a validated food frequency questionnaire, researchers examined the diets of 23,417 Korean men and women who did not show symptoms of hypercholesterolemia and any cardiovascular disease. The body mass index (BMI) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) score of all the subjects were assessed.

Researchers discovered that subjects with high BMIs who consumed large amounts of eggs but low quantities of vegetables had high CAC score, greater coronary artery calcification, and increased subclinical coronary atherosclerosis risk. This study suggested that dietary cholesterol mediated the calcification of the coronary artery observed in these subjects. The findings of this study support the view that high egg consumption is associated with greater coronary artery calcification and atherosclerosis risk.

Research Summary Information

  • 2015
  • Choi Y, Chang Y, Lee JE, Chun S, Cho J, Sung E, Suh BS, Rampal S, Zhao D, Zhang Y, Pastor-Barriuso R, Lima JA, Shin H, Ryu S, Guallar E.
  • Center for Cohort Studies, Total Healthcare Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Center for Cohort Studies, Total Healthcare Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Department of Food and Nutrition, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Center for Cohort Studies, Total Healthcare Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA; Department of Health Sciences and Technology, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Center for Cohort Studies, Total Healthcare Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Department of Family Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA; Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Julius Centre University of Malaya, University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA. National Center for Epidemiology, Carlos III Institute of Health and Consortium for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain. Division of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. Center for Cohort Studies, Total Healthcare Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: sh703.yoo@gmail.com. Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA. Electronic address: eguallar@jhu.edu.
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