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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:42 PM

Sugar is behind global explosion in type 2 diabetes, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Sugar is behind global explosion in type 2 diabetes, study finds

Denis Campbell, health correspondent
The Guardian, Wednesday 27 February 2013 22.00 GMT

Sugar is behind the global explosion in type 2 diabetes, say researchers who claim it plays a uniquely damaging role in causing a disease that experts fear could overwhelm the NHS.

Obesity is usually cited as the main driver of diabetes. But a new study by US medical researchers identifies sugar as a predictor of diabetes separately from obesity.

The findings, published in the scientific journal Plos One, do not claim that sugar causes obesity. But they are significant because they pinpoint it as being closely associated with diabetes, a disease that at least 2.7 million Britons already have.

Researchers led by Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor at Stanford University school of medicine, examined the availability of sugar and diabetes rates from 175 countries worldwide over the last decade.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/27/sugar-obesity-type-2-diabetes

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Eugene Feb 2013 OP
handmade34 Feb 2013 #1
ZombieHorde Feb 2013 #2
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #3
BuddhaGirl Feb 2013 #8
hollysmom Feb 2013 #4
Lex Feb 2013 #5
LiberalArkie Feb 2013 #6
winter is coming Feb 2013 #7

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:51 PM

1. excellent to have studies to back

what many believe... sugar, but also the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup in almost everything we ingest

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:52 PM

2. Sugar would have been my first guess. nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:53 PM

3. A link to the ADA position.

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-myths/

They say it is myth that sugar causes diabetes, then warn people to not drink too many sugary drinks.

Perhaps I could be ok with wording like sugar in moderation doesn't cause diabetes and no one should have more than X amount in their daily diet. Obesity is a factor as well and sugar is empty calories that can contribute to weight gain.

But, to say that sugar causes diabetes is a myth is outrageously misleading. Especially when right after you say it you point to sugary drinks being a part of the problem and they can in fact cause diabetes.

I called bullshit on sugar not being a factor a long time ago. But, it's nice to see that there is some push back on the sugar industry.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:06 PM

8. interesting position

It's known that consuming sugar can lead to increased inflammation in the body, and that increased inflammation can cause disease, including type 2 diabetes.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. sugar or corn syrup?

I thought that sugar was less reactive.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:05 PM

5. Overconsumption of high-glycemic foods of all stripes

including sugar is the main driver of diabetes 2 it seems to me. I think it's broader than just "sugar."

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:10 PM

6. Where in the heck does someone find a sugary drink in the US?

Maybe the high-frutose corn syrup.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:37 AM

7. Have you ever ordered sweet tea in Mississippi?

I like my tea a little sweet, but that stuff is undrinkable.

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