Can Eating too Much Sugar Cause Diabetes?

finger-prick-diabetesby Leigh Ann Otte

Diabetes has to do with blood sugar, so it makes sense that eating too much of the sweet stuff could cause it, right?

Well, that may sound plausible, but it’s not true, says endocrinologist Robert Meloni. Being overweight can cause type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t matter what food leads to the weight.

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5 Responses to “Can Eating too Much Sugar Cause Diabetes?”

  1. Cayla @ Smoke Free City Says:

    This is a very informative post. I’m sure a lot of people thought that they can be diabetic by eating too much sugar. I also believe in that thinking. So it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as it is too much it is bad to our health.
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  2. lotte Says:

    Thanks, Cayla. I’m glad you found it interesting.

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor

  3. Kiara Sherley Says:

    Yeah, many people thought that eating foods with large amount of sugar may cause Diabetes but according most of the doctors said that it doesn’t. However, this may help in avoiding such sweets for good. Prevention is better than cure.
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  4. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:


    I think you got the point. Being overweight is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

  5. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:


    Prevention is definitely better. Sweets tend to have more calories than nutritional value. Calories lead to weight gain. Weight gain increases your risk to get Diabetes.
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