Sugar does not cause type 2 diabetes, but be careful not to abuse it

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The main cause of type 2 diabetes is not excessive sugar consumption. Science word.

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Sugar is not a direct cause of type 2 diabetes, nor is it a direct cause of cardiovascular disease. There would not be sufficient evidence, in practice, that sucrose, lactose, fructose and so on are the main culprits of those pathologies. But this certainly does not mean that you can stock up on sugar.





Some American scholars coordinated by experts from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at the College of Health Solutions of the Arizona State University thought of it.

A survey, which also collaborated with scientists from the Harvard University School of Medicine and the Seattle Division of Public Health Sciences, which substantially confirms that it wants to dispel one of the false myths about diabetics: namely that the main cause of diabetes is precisely excessive consumption of sugars.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is technically due to the deficiency of a hormone, theinsulin: it occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, when the insulin does not work properly or in both cases, while being overweight increases the chances of incurring type 2 diabetes.

A systematic review

The scientists followed over 80 women all postmenopausal for 16 years (as part of the Women's Health-Observational Study) and analyzed the sugar levels in the bodies of the participants, a biomarker detected in urine samples.

From the statistical analysis of the data, assisted by an algorithm, it emerged that the concentrations of sugars (such as sucrose, lactose or fructose) had no direct relationship with the development of type 2 diabetes and with that of cardiovascular events. The risk for the former was only 0,94 (95% CI: 0.77, 1.15) while for cardiovascular disease 0,97 (0,87, 1,09).

Obviously, this should not lead to the belief that sugar is not harmful to health if taken in certain quantities, given that - for one thing - it is associated with an increased likelihood of cancer and that as a refined and processed food it is to keep away, but that's it it is not the cause of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseaserather, caused by the overall caloric intake.



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