It is not eating sugar in itself that leads to diabetes. There are many factors involved. Eating more calories than your body needs of any type of food can lead to weight gain. Being overweight and doing little daily physical activity are both risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Having a close family member with diabetes will also put you at a higher risk for developing diabetes. However, making small lifestyle changes such as improving your diet and increasing your daily physical activity will greatly reduce your chances of developing the condition.
For more information about diabetes and what you can do prevent it, see Important information about type 2 diabetes.
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Contributor: Mary Wissmann, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Louis County, University of Missouri Extension, WissmannM@missouri.edu