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Low-sugar diet helps prevent diabetes

Friday, February 15, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
Tags: dietary sugar, diabetes, prevention

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(NaturalNews) One of the most common myths associated with diabetes is that too much intake of sugary foods triggers it. It should be noted; however, that while a low-sugar diet can help reduce the chances of dealing with diabetes, the excessive consumption of sugar is not the sole cause of it. There are other factors that tend to affect health and trigger the condition. But everyone is still advised to stick to a diet with less sugar since it can help prevent obesity, which is one of the most common triggers of the disease.

Understanding the real relationship between sugar and diabetes

Sugar (sucrose) which is believed to be the leading cause of diabetes is a type of carbohydrate which naturally occurs in food. It comes in numerous types differentiated by the number of molasses that stay on the crystal. Among its different types are white sugar, icing sugar, caster sugar, golden syrup and honey. Its main connection to diabetes is that the disease refers to a condition wherein the body is incapable of effectively using glucose. It is a type of sugar so it is no longer surprising to see people who often get confused as to the safest amount of sugar that they should consume on a daily basis.

Note; however, that sugar and diabetes are indirectly connected. What the increased consumption of sugar does is increase the risk of putting on too much weight or suffering from obesity. Being overweight or obese is recognized by experts as one of the main culprits of the disease so taking in too much sugar which can add to a person's weight is not good for those who wish to avoid diabetes as much as possible.

It is also important to note that certain studies fail to produce reliable evidences that directly link sugar and diabetes. Still, the ability of foods that contain it such as cakes, cookies, candies and sodas to make a person's blood sugar level rise and their weight go up, can increase the chances of suffering from the disease.

Major reasons to adhere to a low sugar diet

Although there is no scientific evidence that directly associate sugar with diabetes, it is still advisable for those who wish to avoid the disease to stick to a low sugar diet by making sure that their intake of sugary foods are done in moderation. This is a huge help for anyone who wishes to maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of getting the disease. Eating foods that are low in sugar can also help sufferers of the disease who need to strictly follow a healthy eating plan which involves proper carbohydrate counting and intake. It works in controlling diabetes and preventing the condition from becoming worse.

Related reading - 3 Ways to Consume Less Sugar

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Sources for this article include:

http://betterhealthblog.com

http://www.diabetes.org.nz

http://www.diabetescondition.com

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-myths/

About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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