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Can Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Type 2 Diabetes?

Because type 2 diabetes is linked to high levels of sugar in the blood, it may seem logical to assume that eating too much sugar is the cause of the disease. But of course, it’s not that simple. “This has been around for years, this idea that eating too much sugar causes diabetes — but the truth is, type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial disease with many different types of causes,” says Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE, a nutrition coach in Prescott, Arizona, and a medical reviewer for Everyday Health. “Type 2 diabetes is really complex.” That said, some research does suggest that eating too many sweetened foods can affect type 2 diabetes risk, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that 30.3 million Americans have the disease — and that millions of more individuals are projected to develop it, too — understanding all the risk factors for the disease, including sugar consumption, is essential to help reverse the diabetes epidemic. The Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes Story: Not So Sweet After the suspicion that sugar was the cause of diabetes, the scientific community pointed its finger at carbohydrates. That makes sense, notes Grieger, explaining tha Continue reading >>

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  1. roxy44

    Hi people think i got diabetes because i am over weight and lack excersise...is this the case? 1 memeber of my family said to me that they new it would happen!! and i am not educated in the subject enough to say different, there is no diabetes in the family...i am about 5 stone over weight,...and did love junk food but actually ate healthy
    if anyone can shed any light on this i would be grateful
    many thanx

  2. Jen&Khaleb

    If you are Type 2 there is evidence that your lifestyle did cause your diabetes. A lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet including far too much carbohydrate just isn't good for you. It may be that you have exhausted your own insulin and worn out your pancreas or your cells have become resistant to insulin. In saying that there are people who develop diabetes from medication, family history or after having gestational diabetes.
    Many people with T2 diabetes are able to improve their health and blood sugar levels to where they don't need medication. Lose the weight and make your health a priority and see how you go.
    All the best.

  3. phoenix

    Roxy, this short video about diabetes might help explain whats going on, (it includes T1 and T2 so you have to wait for the last bit for T2 but it's only a few minutes long)
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-dia ... _diabetes/
    One important thing not mentioned in the video is that if you loose weight your cells will become less insulin resistant . Even 10% loss can make a big difference, so it really is worthwhile concentrating on that.

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