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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. Sushrut Sonkusale

    Because Indians dont do any exercise, nor they play any outdoor games. India dont have any free spaces,grounds,sport complexes,collage sports like western countries. Thus due to our unhealthy lifestyle we are number 1 in diabetes. You can see on indian streets that very few indians looks physically fit.Indian schools never teach to students the importance of sports and exercise and most of the indians thinks that their final aim is to earn money.

  2. Mario Clark

    Diabetes is also beginning to appear much earlier in life in India, meaning that chronic long-term complications are becoming more common. The implications for the Indian healthcare system are enormous.

  3. Ashish Ranjan

    First of all as a nation we are not the ones with highest incidence rate (%age population affected with a disease). In the current ranking for incidence rates we are at Rank 79, with an incidence rate of ~9%. However if you multiply it with our population it turns out to be a very big number.
    But an incidence rate of ~9% is not less by any means and the cause of all this is mostly the sedentary lifestyle that has come with the modern way of living, accessibility to fast foods and rising cases of obesity.
    Type-2 diabetes as such is a lifestyle disease and is mostly diagnosed in people who are obese and do not have a active lifestyle.
    So along with the billion of dollars and another billion of jobs that the modern day trade has brought to India it has also brought a lot of desk jobs and sedentary lifestyle for Indians and the result is the higher incidence rate for diabetes.
    So grab out your running shoes and start an active life and not Insulin

    Credit: Incidence rate copied from Prevalence of Diabetes in the World, 2013

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