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Does sugar cause diabetes? Fact vs. fiction

  • October 15, 2018

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when body is not able to produce blood sugar levels effectively. This occurs when pancreas stops producing enough insulin in body or body’s cells no longer respond to the insulin or both.

There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes – It occurs when body’s immune system attacks pancreas and destroy its ability of producing insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes – It occurs when pancreas stops producing enough insulin in body or when body cells show resistant to insulin which is produced in body or both.

Role of sugar in diabetes

Sugar increases diabetes risk directly and indirectly. Many studies found that people who regularly take sugar-sweetened beverages have 25% greater risk of type 2 diabetes.

Fructose in sugar has direct impact on liver leading to fatty liver, inflammation and localized insulin resistance. The abnormal production of insulin in pancreas increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Eating large amounts of sweets indirectly increases the risk of diabetes by increasing the body weight. Weight gain and body fat are risk factors for developing diabetes.

Natural Sugars Don’t Have the Same Effect

Natural sugars are not linked with diabetes. Fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars and also tend to contain far less sugar by weight than many processed foods. Some studies found that eating at least one bowl of fruit per day decreases the diabetes risk by 7–13% when compared to people who don’t eat fruits.

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