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Diabetes - The Lowdown On Sugar

09.03.2014

Did you know that it’s not just obesity that can cause diabetes: sugar can cause it, too, irrespective of obesity. And obesity does not always lead to diabetes. A study published in the Feb.27 (2013) issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. After accounting for many other factors, researchers found increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.

In other words it's not just obesity that causes diabetes it is sugar too - you don't have to be obese to have diabetes. 

Summarising a couple of points that the PLoS One study clarifies. Perhaps most important, as a number of scientists have been insisting in recent years, all calories are not created equal. By definition, all calories give off the same amount of energy when burned, but your body treats sugar calories differently, and that difference is damaging.

The take-away: it isn’t simply overeating that can make you sick; it’s overeating sugar. We finally have the proof we need for a verdict: sugar is toxic.

It is important to remember that it is not simply the white stuff we spoon into our tea, and you never see anyone literally eating sugar (do you?) but it is the hidden sugars within our processed foods that is the killer.  The image shown at the top of this post is of typical shelves in a typical supermarket in the UK. The shelves are lined with processed foods, the majority of food sold within a supermarket is processed.  All processed foods contain sugar in varying forms and we as a nation, are the largest consumers of processed foods in europe. 

Did you know that Cancer Research Uk estimates that 1 in 10 cancers are caused by an unhealthy diet? - more here

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