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  2. Sep 13, 2022

Sugar Is Not the Driver for Prediabetes

Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the driver for prediabetes, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2013-2018, and found that in both adults with normal blood sugar levels and prediabetes, added sugar consumption did not significantly increase the risk for prediabetes.

Previous research shows that prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are driven by insulin resistance, which is related to a fatty diet’s tendency to cause fat build-up in muscle and liver cells.

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