Straight from the American Diabetes Association's website:
'Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: No, it does not. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.'
The American Diabetes Association is sponsored by Kraft Foods and other junkfood sellers/manufacturers, so it might be prudent to take their advice with a grain of salt.
Especially since the idea that sugar doesn't cause diabetes is fucking ridiculous.
> Especially since the idea that sugar doesn't cause diabetes is fucking ridiculous.
Their list of corporate sponsors on their website.
The biggest controllable risk factor for Type II Diabetes is obesity. This finding has been confirmed by numerous studies.
I'd say that those two companies would much prefer for the ADA to declare sugar a cause of Type II Diabetes.