Sugar and diabetes are heavily linked in the minds of individuals, but does sugar actually cause the disease?
There’s a myth out there that eating too much sugar can cause diabetes. Well it’s not really as simple as that. While there might be some truth to sugar and diabetes being linked, it's a little more convoluted than you'd expect. Sugar is only related in one way to diabetes development, however an unhealthy lifestyle is linked to diabetes development, and usually an unhealthy lifestyle includes sugar. Confused yet? Here let’s break it down, so that it’s a bit easier to understand.
First let’s start off with the types of diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes, type-1 and type 2. According to diabetes.org, type-1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease. Type-1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and it used to be referred to as juvenile diabetes.
Type-2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. It's these lifestyle factors that can be altered to help prevent the development of the disease or take your type-2 into remission. While type-2 is something that is a predisposition in your life and is irreversible, you can put your diabetes in remission. This takes hard work and a smart meal plan as well as physical regimen. However, the good news is, with lifestyle changes, your type-2 diabetes can be changed. The same isn't true for type-1. However, you can mange your type-1 diabetes and give yourself a better, healthier experience while living with type-1.
Your diet can increase your risk for type-2 as well, especially if it is high in calories and sugar-sweetened beverages. Research has shown that individuals who are overweight have increased chances of triggering their type-2 diabetes.
Remember that type-2 can be altered, so it's important that individuals talk with a health care provider and find a routine and diet that can help alter the state of their type-2 diabetes or help prevent it's development. Many individuals actually have diabetes however they are unaware and not diagnosed. In fact, a shocking one-third of individuals who have diabetes are unaware of the fact. Adopting a healthy lifestyle - whether you think you have diabetes or not - is always a great precaution.
While sugar doesn’t necessarily lead to type-2, it has been found that consuming large amounts of sugar leads to an unhealthy diet, and can lead to weight gain, which does in fact, increases your risk of triggering your type-2 diabetes. So remember that diet and regular exercise can help put type-2 diabetes into remission. But it can’t just be a two or three month change; this is an eating and exercise regimen that must become a part of your life, a permanent change. And remember one-third of people suffering from diabetes don’t know they have it, and millions more are at high risk of triggering the disease.
While sugar alone might not cause diabetes, what does it do to those who already have diabetes?
Eating sugar spikes your blood sugar levels and high blood sugar levels are unhealthy. Insulin is the hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream and into the cells of the body. And glucose is precious fuel for all the cells in your body, and is used as energy, but when glucose is not at normal levels, it can behave like a slow-acting poison. Well...that's terrible news. It's like drinking too much water. Water is vital for our survival; however, if you drink too much you can flush all the sodium out of your system, and literally drown yourself. How awful.
igh sugar levels slowly erode the ability of cells in your pancreas to make insulin. The organ overcompensates and insulin levels remain too high. Over time, the pancreas is permanently damaged. High levels of blood sugar can cause changes that lead to a hardening of the blood vessels, or what is called atherosclerosis.
So, does sugar cause diabetes. No it doesn’t cause diabetes. Type-1 and even type-2 diabetes are a predisposition based on genetics. An unhealthy diet, full of sugar, will cause type-2 to rear its ugly head. And eating sugar when you have diabetes spikes your blood sugar levels, so if you do consume sugar you want to make sure it’s in moderation and you are watching your levels.
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