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The Connection Between Eating Sweets and Your Potential For Diabetes: May 21, 2011

As waistlines grow, so does the number of people with diabetes. Their numbers reach 23.6 million and counting, that’s over 7% of the U.S. population. Most people in the U.S. have Type 2 Diabetes, formerly know as adult on-set diabetes.

Nowadays, doctors get involved early, advising patients that their lifestyle choices, including what they eat, may put them at risk. And many more people are on the brink of becoming diabetic.

“Most people are in this state now called metabolic syndrome. The old term is pre-diabetes, where if you follow these people long term eventually they will get diabetes. It’s not a matter of if they’re going to get it, it’s when they’re going to get it.” says Dr. Aldith Lewis of Lee Memorial Hospital.

Eating too much sugar can be a contributing factor. “If you’re on a high sugar diet, eating candy, sweets, cakes all of that, you put yourself at risk,” Lewis says. “The goal of the insulin is to decrease your sugar load in your blood and allow the cells to take-up that insulin and utilize it for energy.”

When reading food labels, it’s not just sugar you should be looking at, but starches too. Eating low-fat low carbohydrate and low cholesterol diet, along with regular exercise, can help prevent you from getting diabetes.