Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?



Does sugar cause diabetes? What causes diabetes? Certainly one cannot point directly at any one factor and say this is the exact cause of type 2 diabetes. The exact causes have yet to be pinpointed. I am reminded of the words of Paul in the new testament when he said: to do all things in moderation.

Our bodies convert our food in to glucose which is burned as energy for the body to move, work and be well. Over-consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta are definitely linked to type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of corn syrup laden soda consumption is to me a major contributing factor.

Our bodies produce insulin which moves the glucose into the individual cells to be burned. When we consume too much sugar or sugar producing foods, the cells don’t absorb and burn it all and it is still in our bloodstream to cause damage.

In addition to sugar being a cause of diabetes it also creates other havoc in our bodies. Excess sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, in the bloodstream will cause kidney damage, eye damage like diabetic retinopathy and causes sticky blood platelets which could cause a stroke or heart attack.

Some speculate that an over-consumption of Omega 6’s (which are in vegetable oils used for frying foods) can cause cells to gum up and block the absorption of insulin and glucose. With an under-consumption of Omega 3’s (like are found in fish and mussels) our metabolic system is now totally off balance. This imbalance could be part of what causes diabetes.

Others say an over-consumption of proteins such as eating too much meat, cheeses and milk can be as problematic to our bodies as excess sugar consumption.

We do know that most modern civilizations do not eat enough raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Instead of a hearty breakfast of whole grain oatmeal the modern man substitutes a bowl sugar laden oat rings fortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals doused in milk. These synthetic vitamins and minerals are to supposedly replace the good parts of the grain that was removed in processing.

There have been recent trials where type 2 diabetics were taken to a doctor supervised health ranch and given an all raw diet without the modern sugary foods and dressings. Within a few weeks these insulin and pill dependent diabetics were able to be medication free due to a normalization of blood sugar levels. What, a bad diet may be blamed as what causes diabetes.

Am I saying to consume no sugars? No I am not. Am I saying go to an all raw diet? No I am not. Although, it would be good for you and me and most diabetics to eat less meat. Does sugar cause diabetes? No, but it can be a contributing factor especially if one is not eating raw and whole foods.

What I am saying is: Most type 2 diabetics ate themselves sick. I believe that you are able to eat yourself well again. It was said by Hippocrates the father of medicine Let Food Be Your Medicine and Medicine Be Your Food

Like most diabetics when I began to learn the truth about the foods I should and shouldn’t eat I felt like an idiot. I realized I had almost eaten myself to death. But then, I realized the food pyramid we were taught in school was made up under the influence of food manufacturers.

In the last couple years the food pyramid was redone by the FDA. Other government agencies are calling for consumers to eat 4-6 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables. The pressures of the diabetes epidemic is forcing changes. Unfortunately, much too slowly for the current generation of children who are getting diabetes at greater rates than have been seen before.

So does sugar cause diabetes? Not if eaten in moderation but watch out for those sugar producing processed foods. High Fructose Corn Syrup, in the bloodstream will cause kidney damage, eye damage like diabetic retinopathy and causes sticky blood platelets which could cause a stroke or heart attack.

You may also like this article on a healthy sugar substitute: Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses

Page updated 10/08/2010

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