Where There's Sugar, There's Type 2
The more sugar that is available to a community, the higher the levels of type 2 diabetes, a study found. Researchers looked at the availability of sugar in 175 countries, then compared sugar levels with the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in those regions. They found that for every extra 150 calories of sugar available per person per day—about the amount in a can of soda—the rate of type 2 diabetes increased by 1.1 percent. No other dietary component the researchers looked at, such as oil or meat, tracked with diabetes levels. Taking age, weight, socioeconomic status, and physical activity into account didn't fully explain the connection between sugar and type 2 diabetes either.
Source: PLOS One, published online Jan. 20, 2013