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Does sugar cause Type 2 diabetes? (October 2013)

Food is a huge part of daily living and can affect both your health and happiness. This paper is aimed at people who have an interest in diabetes and want to make informed choices about the food they eat.

The public understanding about diabetes is generally poor and often limited to the fact that people with diabetes cannot regulate their levels of blood glucose properly. For many people this leads to a natural assumption that to control blood glucose levels and to avoid getting diabetes, it is all about regulating the amount of “sugar” in your diet.

When we talk about sugar, we are referring to sucrose or sugar that is added (“added sugar”) to food and drink by ourselves or food companies. This includes table sugar that we add to tea, caster sugar for baking our cakes and sugar and syrups hidden in drinks for example.

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