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To prevent type II diabetes, is it more important to avoid sugar and carbs, or to avoid fat?
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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetes prevention
It's important to avoid high glycemic index carbs, which are generally anything you think of as sweet---cakes, pies, ice cream, honey, etc.
Also avoid white flour products as well. Also exercises like walking, swimming, bike riding, jogging, zumba, etc 3-4 days a week for 30 minutes.

In brief: Diabetes prevention
It's important to avoid high glycemic index carbs, which are generally anything you think of as sweet---cakes, pies, ice cream, honey, etc.
Also avoid white flour products as well. Also exercises like walking, swimming, bike riding, jogging, zumba, etc 3-4 days a week for 30 minutes.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Many studies show that carbs and sugar do not cause type ii diabetes.
Fat also will not affect the diabetic risk. What makes the difference is weight control. Every 2.5 lbs that you gain increases the diabetic risk by 15%. Losing weight decreases the risk by 15% for every 2.5lbs. If more carbs or sugar or fat might increase risk but only by making you gain weight.

In brief: No
Many studies show that carbs and sugar do not cause type ii diabetes.
Fat also will not affect the diabetic risk. What makes the difference is weight control. Every 2.5 lbs that you gain increases the diabetic risk by 15%. Losing weight decreases the risk by 15% for every 2.5lbs. If more carbs or sugar or fat might increase risk but only by making you gain weight.
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