Sugar, independent of obesity, may have direct link to diabetes

03/5/2013 | United Press International

Researchers at the Stanford Prevention Research Center found that an increase of sugar in the food supply was linked to higher rates of type 2 diabetes, independent of obesity rates. "We're not diminishing the importance of obesity at all, but these data suggest ... additional factors that contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calorie intake, and that sugar appears to play a prominent role," wrote Dr. Sanjay Basu, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal PLoS One.

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