Sugar not linked to diabetes risk

December 13, 2006 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Sugar not linked to diabetes risk

According to researchers from Northern Ireland a high sugar intake is not linked to insulin resistance (an precursor for type 2 diabetes) nor is it associated with a greater risk for developing diabetes.

The small study of 13 men assigned participants to receive either a high sugar diet (25 percent of calories from sugar) or a diet providing 10 percent of calories from sugar.

After the 6 week study period, no significant difference in insulin resistance was observed between the groups. This suggests that a high sugar intake is not associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.

The World Health Organization reports that at least 171 million people worldwide have diabetes.  According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, over 2 million Canadians have diabetes.  The WHO recommends no more than 10 percent of daily calories come from refined sugar (candy, baked goods, soft drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, sugary cereals, table sugar, etc.).

These latest findings were reported in the American Diabetes journal Diabetes.

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