Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

Does sugar cause diabetes?

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Myth 26: If you eat too much sugar, you’ll get diabetes.
What Dietitians of Canada says:
“You will not get diabetes from eating sugar. It’s wise, however, to limit your sugar intake. Foods that are high in sugar, such as cookies, candies and soft drinks, are often low in nutrients and high in calories. Diets with too many calories can lead to weight gain, and being overweight is one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Other risk factors such as family history, age (40 and older) and ethnicity also play a role. You can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.”
What I say:
I’m hearing DC say that sugar doesn’t directly cause type 2 diabetes but indirectly it can. Basically, excess consumption of anything can lead to obesity which may contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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