November is Declared National Diabetes Month

Earlier today, Obama declares November National Diabetes Month. It is an important time for increased awareness of the disease.  Diabetes is now at odds with the (misguided) link between diabetes and sugary treats. The news comes from the National Journal, which reads:

“Although the idea that eating too much sugar can directly cause diabetes is a myth, the association between sweets and the disease affecting more than 25 million Americans is fixed in cultural humor. Specifically, the connection between sugary treats and Type 2 diabetes, which can be triggered in part by lifestyle factors, such as being overweight as a result of a poor diet.”

It goes on to read: “Gorging on candy one day out of the year will boost your insulin levels temporarily, giving you a surge of energy for about two hours. By no means will it cause diabetes. But a regular diet high in calories from any source of food contributes to weight gain, one of the biggest risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. This connection is usually why many people mistakenly think getting hopped up on sugar too much, too often could lead to developing diabetes. But there is one shred of truth there. Research has shown that there is a link between drinking sugary drinks, such as soda, fruit punch, and sweetened teas, and Type 2 diabetes.”

To read more about this recent announcement, view the National Journal article.

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