Myth or fact: Does consuming too much sugar cause diabetes?

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Diabetes has become a common disease these days just like any other whacky flu or cough and cold. According to a study conducted by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the number of Indians suffering from this malicious disease is expected to cross the 100 million mark by 2030.

Life is certainly not easy for a diabetic as one has to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout life since there is no cure for the disease.

A common myth which is generally associated with this lifestyle disease is that consuming too much sugar causes diabetes. But, is it true? Well, the answer is ‘No’.

According to experts, eating sugar does not cause diabetes, although it is always advised to limit the intake of sugar to avoid other complications.

Further, several studies have been conducted to find out if there is a direct relationship between increased sugar intake and diabetes, but they have failed to produce any consistent evidence that links sweet tooth with Type 2 diabetes.

Although, eating too much of food rich in sugar and starch can lead to weight gain, which in turn leads to obesity and eventually predisposes people to diabetes. So, it is important to keep a check on your lifestyle as prevention is always better than cure.