6 (Mostly False) Food Myths Revealed
Myth #6: Sugar causes diabetes
The nugget of truth: Sugar contributes to weight gain, which ups your risk
It doesn’t lead to diabetes the same way cigarettes cause cancer, but research shows that sugar may play a role. We know being overweight increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and consuming too much sugar makes you put on pounds. Some science, though, has linked excess sugar intake to increased risk regardless of weight—one study found women nearly doubled their diabetes risk when they increased the number of sugar-added drinks from 1 or fewer a week to 1 or more per day over a 4-year period. (Search: diabetes symptoms.) To be safe, watch your weight; eat lots of high-fiber foods (which keep blood sugar steady); and opt for water or tea over sugary soft drinks whenever possible.