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Do Sugary Foods Cause Type 2 Diabetes?

Does eating a lot of sugary foods cause type 2 diabetes? 
 

 
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It's generally agreed upon that sugary foods don't directly cause diabetes. However, consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and being overweight or obese is a definite risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
 
Nonetheless, a 2013 study has reported that populations with more sugar in their food supply have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, even after taking into account differences due to obesity rates, socioeconomic status, calorie consumption, and other dietary factors.
 
While sugar's role in the development of diabetes is not quite fully understood, it still makes sense that you should limit consumption of sugar as part of a comprehensive healthy diet, opting for more healthy fats, fiber, and other heart-healthy nutrients instead. 
 
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