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Is it true that if you eat too much sugar you're more likely to get type 2 diabetes, is this especially true in children?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: No evil in sugar
There is nothing evil about sugar, which has been implicated in countless health problems over the years.
Sugar is not the problem; calories are. (this goes for high-fructose corn syrup, as well.) too many calories makes one overweight. Being overweight leads to Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The solution is eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

In brief: No evil in sugar
There is nothing evil about sugar, which has been implicated in countless health problems over the years.
Sugar is not the problem; calories are. (this goes for high-fructose corn syrup, as well.) too many calories makes one overweight. Being overweight leads to Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The solution is eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
I would agree with this hundred times!!! Eating too much steak or cheese is just as evil as sugar - we must eat all things in moderation
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Sugar intake doesn't have much to do with developing type 2 diabetes unless you're overweight and getting heavier as a result of what you're eating.
Type 2 diabetes develops as a result of Insulin resistance which is worsened by obesity.

In brief: No
Sugar intake doesn't have much to do with developing type 2 diabetes unless you're overweight and getting heavier as a result of what you're eating.
Type 2 diabetes develops as a result of Insulin resistance which is worsened by obesity.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
eat less food
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: May be
Too much sugar get converted in fat and the increased fat in your body increase the risk of developing diabetes.

In brief: May be
Too much sugar get converted in fat and the increased fat in your body increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Too many calories, no matter which food contains those calories, leads to being overweight, and can lead to what is called morbid obesity.
This condition is connected to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, for everyone. Calories, not sugar specifically, is the issue. If you eat too much you are at higher risk, no matter what you eat.

In brief: No
Too many calories, no matter which food contains those calories, leads to being overweight, and can lead to what is called morbid obesity.
This condition is connected to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, for everyone. Calories, not sugar specifically, is the issue. If you eat too much you are at higher risk, no matter what you eat.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and No
In the broad sense, consumption of excessive amounts of sugar will likely lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes in an adult( although any food excesses can lead down this path).
In children, their growing bodies seem to accomidate many excesses without it. I've never seen type 2 younger than 15. Children have type1 resulting from a process that destroys their Insulin production.

In brief: Yes and No
In the broad sense, consumption of excessive amounts of sugar will likely lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes in an adult( although any food excesses can lead down this path).
In children, their growing bodies seem to accomidate many excesses without it. I've never seen type 2 younger than 15. Children have type1 resulting from a process that destroys their Insulin production.
Dr. James Ferguson
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