Making Sense Of Sugar


Sugar and Diabetes

Despite what some people may think sugar hasn’t been established as a cause of type 2 diabetes (4) (15).

You may be interested to learn that there are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is caused by genetics and other unknown factors but it is not related to being overweight.

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 also play a role (16).

If you have diabetes, the advice is to eat a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat and to exercise regularly. 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 (15).


  • Contrary to popular belief type 2 diabetes can be caused by a range of factors from being overweight, to genetics and ethnicity (16).