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February 28, 2011

Too much sugar does not cause type 2 diabetes.

Filed under: Issues...the world...etc.. — Tags: , , , , , — allthatiswrong @ 8:05 pm

As someone who generally drinks at least 1 liter a day of some kind of soda, I get tired of hearing that if I continue I am going to get diabetes. I’m fairly ignorant when it comes to health matters but then it seems most of the people trying to warn me are also. It may be likely that my diet is unhealthy and will lead to health problems later on, I wouldn’t deny that. However it is the specific myth that excess sugar will result in diabetes that I find annoying. I have tried looking into it fairly extensively in both general searching as well as various journals and nowhere have I found any definitive proof, or even enough evidence to imply a causal link between excess sugar intake and the development of type 2 diabetes.

Furthermore somewhat reliable sources of information such as the American Diabetes Association, WebMD and the Diabetes Be aWare campaign managed by the Singaporean government all state that it is a myth that excess sugar can lead to diabetes. What they do state is that excess sugar can lead to weight gain, which can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So with there being exactly no evidence and possibly evidence to the contrary that excess sugar can cause diabetes, why did this become such a commonly held belief among people? It’s yet another fine example of people being unable or unwilling to do their own research. I wouldn’t have so much of a problem with their ignorance if they would at least consider investigating it rather than ignoring evidence and being offended at the very thought that I won’t take what they say for granted.

1 Comment »

  1. Actually, the way I think of it (IANAD) is that there is no such thing as “having” type 2 diabetes. What there is, instead, is a person who eats too much carbohydrate at one time for their body to process properly. If you “have” type 2 diabetes and eat no more than 30 grams of carbohydrate each hour, then you will probably no longer “have” t2d.

    Comment by Michael Mather — April 6, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

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