Sugars and the body
Sugars are an important source of energy that we all need to go about our daily lives.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 (53).
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).