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Sugar Linked To Diabetes: 175 countries studied

Sugar cane

Sugar cane

Robert Lustig and associates looked at sugar consumption and diabetes rates in 175 countries and found a strong link between sugar and type 2 diabetes.  It’s not proof of causation, just suggestive.  From the abstract:

Duration and degree of sugar exposure correlated significantly with diabetes prevalence in a dose-dependent manner, while declines in sugar exposure correlated with significant subsequent declines in diabetes rates independently of other socioeconomic, dietary and obesity prevalence changes. Differences in sugar availability statistically explain variations in diabetes prevalence rates at a population level that are not explained by physical activity, overweight or obesity.

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Steve Parker, M.D.

Reminder: Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes is now available on Kindle. Also, the Advanced Mediterranean Diet is naturally quite low in sugar.

Reference: Basu S, Yoffe P, Hills N, Lustig RH (2013) The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57873. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057873