Sugar and Diabetes

Sugar and Diabetes

 

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Does Eating Sugar Cause Diabetes?

The Answer is NO.

Sugar doesn’t have direct cause on diabetes.  However the sugary foods supply abundant calories and the latter leads to weight gain.  Being overweight greatly enhence the risk of type 2 diabetes.

When the glucose level in blood stream become chronically elevated type 2 diabetes arises.  Intake of sugar causes the levels of blood glucose (blood sugar) to rise.  Therefore it seems logical that eating cakes, candy and cookies would cause diabetes.  But it doesn’t, at least not directly.

In recent years, many experts have turned their eyes on the diets having high glycemic index (GI) as the culprit behind obesity epidemic as well as an epidemic of insulin resistance, the core problem in type 2 diabetes.

On intaking foods, which cause a steep rise in blood glucose, human body produces large quantity of insulin to “process” that blood glucose pushing the same into the body cells.  Over time, repeated floods of insulin make the body less sensitive to hormone, resulting in insulin resistance therefore diabetes begins.

In fact refined grains such as white bread and starches such as potatoes possess higher glycemic index value than sugar.  Yet certain sugar sources may not be entirely out of trouble.  Some experts believe that fructose, a component of table sugar, may cause insulin resistance.  Fructose, in the form corn syrup, is widely used in sodas as well as commercially processed foods.

Apart from insulin resistance, intake of too many sweets, potatoes, pork chops, or peanut butter sandwiches can gain weight.  Science indicates that becoming overweight or obese raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

A healthy diet plan for diabetics is generally the same as that for normal people – low in saturated and trans fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with diet based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit.  In general diabetic and “dietetic” foods offer no special benefit.  Most of them still raise the levels of blood glucose levels and are usually more expensive and can have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

 

FACT-CHECK:
Do Sugar & Carbs cause Diabetes?
Answer is: NO

 

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Sugar Myth 1:
Sugar/Carbs Cause Diabetes

 

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