U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can the sugar in fruit cause diabetes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 38 years experience
No: Sugar itself doesnt cause diabetes. Being overweight with subsequent insulin resistance can lead to diabetes.When insulin resistance occurs, processed sugars and processed foods can further contribute to the diabetes.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Similar questions

A 43-year-old member asked:

Does muscovado sugar cause diabetes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 47 years experience
Not in itself: No sugar causes diabetes. You must have genetic predisposition for the several factors that cause you to be a diabetic. Muscovado sugar is simply an unrefined type of dark sugar and is no different concerning its affect on the glycemic index than any other sugar.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
United Kingdom
A 33-year-old male asked:

Is sugar the main cause of diabetes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Diabetes: There are several types of diabetes. In type one it is the failure of the pancreas that causes the diabetes. In adult onset it is usually obesity, excess calories and excess sugars that lead to the disease. But there are more specific things to talk about that are outside of the scope of this application.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
CA
A 44-year-old member asked:

Does sugar cause diabetes?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
No: Sugar by itself does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is the inability to metabolize sugar due to lack / resistance to insulin; the pancreas produce Insulin among other hormones which help in the metabolism of glucose (sugar); those who consume lots of sugar may cause their pancreas to over work and if they were prone to diabetes may develop the disease earlier. Obesity may cause resistance to insulin.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could eating sugar cause diabetes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 37 years experience
No: Diabetes is secondary to reduced or absent insulin production, insulin resistance or production of defective insulin. Eating sugar increases insulin output but does not cause diabetes. A diabetic cannot tolerate the sugar and would have a very high glucose after eating sugar
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Apr 1, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.