This topic seems as old as the world. I’ve received an email from a friend that stated that sugar consumption causes diabetes (translation: T2D), and you can prevent it by not eating sugar. As far as I know, it’s not that simple so went on googling. To my surprise, have found a whole bunch of confirmation to the above email.
ADA site states that drinking sugary drinks links to T2D; therefore limiting intake of sugar-sweetened beverages can help prevent diabetes. Really? The Hype About Sugar
Everyday Health site quotes a study in which drinking three sweetened drinks a day for 10 weeks resulted in nearly 4-pound weight gain & nearly an extra inch to the waistline. The site goes on stating that consuming these sweeteners led to decreased insulin sensitivity and higher BG levels.
To me, this study sounds one-sided. Nothing is said about the participants age, ethnic group, heredity, lifestyle etc. Only the results of drinking ‘sweetened drinks’, I bet it was a regular pop.
However, in the next paragraph the site starts making some sense by listing other diabetes risk factors, such as being overweight, family history, lifestyle, a history of gestational diabetes and belonging to the certain ethnic groups. Aha, now we’re cooking. Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?
Most people aren’t aware of the two types of diabetes and either lump everything as ‘diabetes’ while actually talking about T2D or some will say that both (types of) diabetes are caused by an abundance of glucose. Hence type 1 gets under fire, too.
Surprisingly enough, there are a few sites that are actually talking about diabetes myths. Diabetes UK is one of them: Myth: Sugar Causes Diabetes This site educates people about type 1 and type 2. It further states that T2D is complex, and sugar is unlikely to be the only reason the condition develops.
So does Joslin.org site 4 myths about diabetes along with a few others.
I think so, too.