One in every 10 people in the world are believed to be affected by type 2 diabetes, and the numbers just keep growing every year. So what is it that could be held responsible for the rise in the numbers affected by diabetes?
“At current levels, added-sugar consumption, and added-fructose consumption in particularly, are fueling a worsening epidemic of type 2 diabetes,” said lead author James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in the US.
The researchers took into consideration results from both animal and human studies, and found that the replacement of glucose-only starch sources to fructose-only starch sources could be causing these adverse metabolic effects. “The totality of the evidence is compelling to suggest that added sugar, and especially added fructose (usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar), are a serious and growing public health problem,” the authors noted.
However, it is important to note that fructose, when consumed in the whole food form like fruits and vegetables, poses no problem to health, and it could infact, help protect against diabetes and many other health conditions.
A set of dietary guidelines should be prepared to help individuals at the risk of type 2 diabetes lower their chances of being affected. A diet focusing on natural fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods should be considered.