Are Eggs Diabetes friendly?

By NormaJean Latest Reply 2014-02-01 04:12:59 -0600
Started 2009-04-03 20:38:46 -0500

Do you eat an egg a day? If you have Diabetes,your breakfast habit may double your risk of a heart attack.So does this mean you have to give up your favorite scrambled egg or omelet recipe forever?
Certainly not.Use egg whites instead of the high- cholesterol yolks.Egg beaters and other egg substitutes give you the taste of eggs without the yolks.
How many of you use eggs with yolks and how many use egg beaters…?
For me I use the eggs with the yolks.

46 replies

Susie624 2009-11-18 08:37:35 -0600 Report

I may be an exception but I eat all the eggs I want and at my last test my cholesterol was 155 DR said the bad was lowest it had ever been and good was the highest it had ever been.Yes I also use egg beaters bu you just cant fry or boil them.

BIRDY 2009-11-18 07:45:49 -0600 Report

thanks Norma Jean , a very helpful discussion.
My husband is prediabetic and the dietician allowed him to have 2 eggs a week.He is a very big fan of the eggs and two is too less for him.So that I made a trick.I boil 1 egg 4 times a week and we share one egg.Thus he at least feels better as he has 4 times eggs now.I've never been an egg lover all of my life and really have swallowing problems especially with the whites but pushing myself to be a part of this trick.If I make a baking I try to boil 3 times a week to balance. But always use the whole egg as I'm thinking that the main part is the yolks.This is how we manage for now but maybe will make slightly changings after his next test.

Take care of you.

seawolf1944 2009-11-18 06:54:48 -0600 Report

I eat the whites from two eggs per day,fried in canola oil.I was useing olive oil until,They increased the price.I may try baking and cooking spray.My A1c was ok on my last doctors visit.

GabbyPA 2009-05-29 15:41:01 -0500 Report

Here is what my dietitian explained to me. Our bodies make cholesterol, our bodies need it. We, however, do not NEED to consume it. So any cholesterol we eat, is extra. If your body is getting rid of the extra the way it is supposed to, then knock yourself out. I enjoy eggs every once in a while. I don't mind the egg beaters and I make a great Fritatta with those that are fluffy and yummy.
So I use both. My cholesterol is 179, down from 223. So I keep working to lower it. If it means I eat more egg beaters and leaner meat to do it, then that is okay with me.

teddy bear - 17161
teddy bear - 17161 2009-04-14 08:32:01 -0500 Report

its like everything else
everyday on the news some "expert" is always informing us everything that is bad to eat or it can cause this or that
well i have found that moderation is the key
for those of you with type 1 follow your doctor's advice to the letter
for my condition which is type 2 weight control and exercise along with proper portions of any foods seem not to wreak havoc with my numbers
sure i have a spike after eating regardless of what i eat but i feel the key is that this spike quickly recedes due to exercise and weight control
in otherwords as long as this spike does not stay high for extended periods of time
simple walking, 2-3 miles a day works wonders
i have been practicing this method for over a year now and my A1C numbers have been vastly improved
i am not saying that it is alright to eat eggs everyday or anything for that matter in excessive amounts
remember you can eat large amounts of carrots each day and gain weight
and we all know and are aware of what excessive weight does for a type 2 diabetic
sure if you have a piece of cake everyday or candy i guarantee you will experience adverse effects & have a poor A1C number but if you exercise and control your weight you more than likely can indulge once in a while
depending on how severe your diabetes is how one should determine the path to follow
remember everyone is different and reacts accordingly
if very severe, yes you must stay completely away from bad foods until it is definetly in control
if you have what i have, type 2 (insulin therapy) (insulin as needed) and control my daily number moderation and portions is the path i follow
i found along with my doctor that oral meds were not as effective so thus the insulin therapy
my A1C number was 11% and is now 6%
losing 1-2 pounds per week can be acheived relatively easy without the heavy stress
i was able to lose 30lbs and wow what a difference in my daily numbers and that was acheived with portion control along with walking
but it does come to a point whereas the exercise portion of any program must be increased as once you reach a stablized plateau weightwise it gets harder to lose additional weight without increase in activity
you may be eating properly but you will find that is not enough

dj7110 2009-04-12 16:10:55 -0500 Report

I have a couple eggs for breakfast every once in awhile. mostly overeasy, but today hardboiled for easter.

P2putt 2009-04-13 08:21:18 -0500 Report

I have eggs 2-3 times myself . I use non- stick spray butter and have them over hard so I don't use bread . I find them satisfying ang good source of protine. I perfer them to egg subsitutes. P.S. Thank you for the invite. Looking forward to some chats and ideas. Pete

Mantra 2009-04-12 12:09:07 -0500 Report

My Mom who is still recovering at the hospital is given boiled egg 3X everyday as part of her diet.
The nutritionist at the hospital suggested her to eat only the white part, because it is important for her wound healing (she had operation for toe amputation and for removing pus from the sole of that foot last January).
A friend of my sister also said that the yolk is not so good…-don't know exactly what she means…but after hearing those two suggestions, Mom only eat the white part.

seawolf1944 2009-04-12 07:36:32 -0500 Report

Good Morning, I eat the white part of one egg per day. This good practice along with other proper eating habits keep my blood sugar at a nice 6.5,plus my chlestrol is fine along with tryglycerides. .John

Thomas Garrison
Thomas Garrison 2009-04-11 22:40:11 -0500 Report

So the ONLY eggs That I can have are just egg whites, that makes me want to vomit! You food NAZIS make me sick. This is why I don't eat breakfast, no FOOD allowed! According to you food NAZIS if it tastes good you can't eat it. It is because of YOU that I don't give a damn about my diabetes, if I die tomorrow, GOOD! I won't half listen to YOU!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-04-12 12:32:24 -0500 Report

I don't know where I said to eat only the whites. Current nutritional information reports that one may eat the equivalent of an egg a day, but to watch how one cook's them. I'm a nutritionist (Oregon State University BS, 1964, graduate work 1985) but far from a NAZI!

2009-04-13 20:33:14 -0500 Report

Dang Thomas, bad egg, huh?? What was the purpose of your outburst? I may be German, but I am NO nazi, lol. Take a chill pill man, geeze

We aren't nazi's, we are people who care about our health, pure and simple. There is no reason to call us names because you don't care about your health like we care for ours.

And IF you were informed enough, you would realize that we can eat food that tastes good! Obviously you haven't strayed out of YOUR box to find that out!

Marman 2009-04-11 19:02:59 -0500 Report

A great way to fix eggs without oil is to put them in a microwaveable bowl, either sunny side up or scrambled. Microwave on hi for about one minute, and then check if more needed. I often mix in cut up turkey sausage. A side benefit is you eat out of the bowl and have no pan to clean.

DbbieM 2009-04-11 15:37:05 -0500 Report

Please read this article!!!!!
A Doctor tells the truth about Cholesterol Its not what you think!!! if it won't link correctly copy and paste to your address bar.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-04-11 17:56:52 -0500 Report

That article filled in what I knew but as I didn't have the facts right at my finger tips was reluctant to state. There is serum cholererol and dietary choleterol. Our body makes cholesterol from fats that are stored in our body (that come from overeating carbohydrates, proteins, or fats), and not from the cholersterol we eat.

Fred Ravenscraft
Fred Ravenscraft 2009-04-11 13:10:09 -0500 Report

Eggs are a major part of my diet. I love omelettes, french toast, and boiled eggs. I try not to combine much bread with the eggs. That's where I get into trouble.

NormaJean 2009-04-07 16:40:04 -0500 Report

Thanks to eveyone for their comments and advice on this topic.
I use eggs most everyday in any possible way I could find to cook them.
I just gotta have them.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-04-07 10:38:28 -0500 Report

Eggs are definitely our breakfast of choice when my son's blood sugar happens to be high in the morning. We have used the Egg Beaters and liked them very much.

Now we're buying the brown Omega 3 eggs.

We try not to overdo it with the eggs because of cholesterol issues. But we feel like eggs are a pretty healthy choice.

DT2Patient 2009-04-09 17:29:22 -0500 Report

I use eggs—regular type, however, I do not use oil to cook them in, I use the olive oil spray to cook them in, this helps them to be less greasy, and also cuts down on fat. I like egg beaters as well, but have to add things in with them to boost their flavor.

gma 2009-04-06 19:37:26 -0500 Report

Hi Norma how are you I have high cholesterol and I take a pill I love eggs of all ways and hard boiled scrambled fried you name it and my cholesterol is ok when they check it

alwaystryin 2009-04-06 18:05:48 -0500 Report

I too have found that especially if you are tracking Carb's, they are a good food. At least for us. It is the 'other' carbs like condiments, bread etc. that get us!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-04-06 13:53:46 -0500 Report

As a nutritionist I've read the research regarding eggs and cholesterol, and the current findings are that eating the equivalent of an egg a day is beneficial for several reasons. It's best to not fry them in bacon fat or Crisco, though, because the added fat is not good for us. Eggs are a cheap source of protein, too.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-04-05 19:54:42 -0500 Report

I LOVE eggs and I eat one almost every morning. Sometimes I chop one up and put it on a salad, but not everyday.

2009-04-05 19:25:08 -0500 Report

I really push it with eggs. I have always loved eggs, anyway you can prepare them. I have one extra large egg every single morning for breakfast. My cholesterol level is perfect and my doctor is fine with my egg habit. My BS readings are good and my A1C came down 8 points eating my eggs. In other words, I'm sticking with plain old eggs! Hugs, Angie

midget 2009-04-05 08:46:52 -0500 Report

i love eggs once in awhile and my opinion i don't think they're bad, i have 2 hard boiled eggs a month and scrambled eggs twice a month with potatoes.

freddyg2u 2009-04-04 10:16:55 -0500 Report

On the contrary, eggs are protien and good for you. It's all that other junk you eat along with it. This morning's breakfast was two eggs on two pieces of wheat toast, with hot sauce on them. True eating and safe for all diabetics. You don't need to give this up, ENJOY. Freddyg aka Fred

Petrea 2009-04-04 02:05:13 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I used egg beaters all the time. Then it got so egg beaters cost so much more than a carton of eggs so I gradually starting eating the eggs. Now I eat the eggs all the time but I also have lab work all the time & the dr. watches my cholesterol. If it starts to change I'll go back to the egg beaters though.

azmisty 2009-04-19 19:26:43 -0500 Report

Dr. Weil…
reccommends buying the eggs and then just using the whites…cheaper than Egg Beaters. I have a handy dandy gadjet that separates the whites from the yolks.

Judimar 2009-04-03 20:49:48 -0500 Report

I use eggs with yolks. I have used egg beaters once when baking and I couldn't tell the difference whatsoever. But there is something about an egg overeasy I just can't say no to.