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Diabetes

How can diet affect the risk of diabetes?

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  • A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of
    Often people think that eating "sugar" causes diabetes. Eating sugar does not cause diabetes. But, a poor diet does play a role at putting you at risk for specifically type 2 diabetes. When we talk about diabetes management for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, a healthy balanced diet is key to managing diabetes.
  • A answered
    For many people, a bad diet boosts their diabetes odds. Most Americans eat few fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for many health problems, including diabetes. In fact, one survey found that fewer than half of Americans eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables most days of the week. Of particular benefit are leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and collard greens. One analysis found that eating slightly more than one serving of leafy greens a day (about 1 cup raw greens) can lower diabetes risk by 14%.
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  • A , Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism, answered
    Your diet did not cause your diabetes. There is a belief, a myth, a falsehood, that people with diabetes gave it to themselves by eating too many sweets or by being overweight. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are plenty of 300-pound sugar addicts out there who do not have diabetes.

    You have to be special to join the diabetes family. Your body has to be designed for diabetes at the most basic level. Without getting too medical, your genes are either set up for diabetes or they are not. That is why diabetes often happens in families over many generations.
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