Sugars are a type of ‘fermentable carbohydrate’ - this also includes some starches.Read More
Despite what some people may think sugar hasn’t been established as a cause of type 2 diabetes (13).
You may be interested to learn that there are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune reaction where the body’s defence system attacks the cells that produce insulin. The exact cause of this are not known yet, but are linked to a combination of genetics and environmental conditions.
Type 2 is a little more complex. It normally occurs in people over the age of 40 and while being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor other factors such as genetics, diet and ethnicity may also play a role (56).
If you have diabetes, the advice is to eat a healthy diet. Speak to your doctor if you want to find out more.
Note: recent scientific evidence contained within a report published by the UK Government’s expert nutrition group (SACN), found no direct link between total sugars intake and diabetes. However it suggests a greater risk is associated with a higher intake of sugars-sweetened beverages (13).