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Higher Levels Of Sugar In The Food Supply Linked To Higher Diabetes Rates

February 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
An analysis of data on sugar availability and diabetes rates compiled from 175 countries has found an association between increased sugar in a population’s food supply and higher diabetes rates and obesity rates. U.S. researchers said the data suggest that at the population level additional factors contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calories intake. For every additional 150 calories of sugar available per person per day, the prevalence of diabetes in the population rose one  percent. “Sugar appears to play a prominent role” in the onset of diabetes, researchers said.
Sanjay Basu et al., "The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data", PLoS ONE, February 27, 2013, © Basu et al.
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