Diabetes Question....

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    #1
    I'm sorry for being so ignorant on the subject but can I get Diabetes from eating too much sugar? I eat a lot of candy and the other day my brother said I was goin' to get Diabetes, I was like o_O.
     
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

    TheAnswer

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    #2
    The short answer is yes...

    The long answer is that there are genetic and lifestyle factors (like weight and overall fitness) that come into play. Excess sugar every once and a while isn't going to make you Diabetic but a diet with a large sugar content can definitely put stess on the pancreas and mess up the blood level of your insulin. Don't worry about a candybar here and there, but if you drinking a lot of regular soda and/or eating too much candy, it's probably time for some adjustments in your diet.
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    #3
    No, consuming a lot of sugar won't go giving you diabetes – however, a poor diet high in calories, being overweight, and leading an inactive lifestyle are the main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, the kind that is normally treated through diet and oral medications.

    Type 1 diabetes, the kind that requires insulin injections, is caused by the insulin producing cells in the pancreas either being destroyed or damaged due to an abnormal auto-immune response to a virus or infection. Nothing to do with sugar at all.

    So, sugar isn't going to give you diabetes directly, but it isn't going to do you a lot of good so far as general health goes. And of course if your diet is poor and you don't get much exercise you could well be making yourself more susceptible to Type 2 diabetes.
     
  4. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    #4
    Answer is no you can't get diabetes from eating too much sugar. Agree with Jaffa Cake
     
  5. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    #5
    Ok thanks guys. Besides the candy, I'm not too bad health wise. Over the holiday break I ate so many cookies and chocolate (a lot of chocolate), it kind of made me think.
     
  6. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Location:
    California
    #6
    Good to know. I have relatives with type 1 and my parents are afraid I'll get it so they always like to advise me not to eat sugar, or have any juice, or eat desserts.
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    #7
    Yes you can and more importantly you get it from being overweight and eating poorly. But I'm guessing you're a long way off.
     
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    #8
    If you have a close family member with Type 1 then you are more likely to develop it yourself (it all being in the genes and that), but that's not to say that you can't have foods that contain sugar or eat desserts – but make sure of course they're part of a healthy balanced diet.
     
  9. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    #9
    From Diabetes UK;

    Eating sugar does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, eating a diet high in fat and sugar can cause you to become overweight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, so if you have a history of diabetes in your family, a healthy diet and regular exercise are recommended to control your weight.
     

Share This Page