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Diabetes

Too much sugar

11/09/2009

Question:

By eating too much sugar over a person`s lifetime cause diabetes later on in life?

Answer:

It is pretty well accepted that undue weight gain increases the risk of diabetes and eating too much sugar is one way to get there.  Apart from that, eating too much sugar probably doesn't cause diabetes unless the person has some predisposition or other reason for increased risk for diabetes.  In people in that category, diet composition may indeed be an important variable.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati