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Does eating a lot of sugar cause diabetes?

Asked by Dorothy68 (47points) September 23rd, 2017

Is eating more sugar causes diabetes?

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AshlynM's avatar

It can certainly play a big factor for type 2, but sugar alone isn’t enough of a cause.

jca's avatar

It can lead to diabetes along with a few other risk factors, such as family history and weight. Some people can eat lots of sugar (which includes drinking alcohol) all the time and never get it. Some people can go a lifetime overweight an d never get it. Some people have a family history of diabetes and never get it. However, each thing together is a risk, and added up, it’s more risky.

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Sugars are fuel. They enter every cell of your body, bond with oxygen and a few other things, a little energy burst takes place and the cell is powered to do what it is programmed to do. But sugar alone can’t enter cell walls without some help. Therefore we have insulin, which is produced in the Isles of Langerhans located in the pancreas. A healthy young pancreas produces just the right amount of insulin for your body’s needs, then sends it out into the blood stream where it bonds with sugars and works as a pass key to get through cell walls, thus enabling sugar to do its job.

However, if over the years, you consistently drink too much Coca Cola, eat too many pastries and too many bowls of Lucky Charms, you will wear out the manufacturing ability of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin to handle your sugar intake and the sugars will no longer be able to enter cell walls and therefore will remain floating freely in the bloodstream, quietly raising your blood sugar level..

The combined effects upon your system produced by an aging pancreas’ inability to produce enough insulin to handle your daily sugar load, is what we call Type II Diabetes Mellitus (Type I, aka Juvenile DM, is when you’re born with a crappy pancreas to begin with.).

So, what happens when you add sugar to a liquid, such as water, or a sauce? I thickens. And that is what happens when sugars are left in the bloodstream. The blood thickens and things get sticky and this makes you susceptible to blood clots. Clots in the blood stream cause blockages and blockages cause strokes.

Not only that, but what happens when you use a thicker viscosity oil in your car’s engine than it is designed for? It burns out the oil pump.

Your heart is your body’s four chambered oil pump. It is designed to pump a liquid within a specific range of viscosity. If something enters the bloodstream to thicken—raise the viscosity— of the blood, the heart will wear out much earlier than the warrantee specifies. It can become muscle-bound (enlargement of the heart, which leads to congestive heart failure), or the valves between each chamber can wear out.

Sugars thicken the blood and a tired pancreas can’t handle producing enough insulin to prevent this. So, heart failure is one of the dangers of diabetes, and high blood sugar over an extended period of time is one of the main causes of early cardiac problems in the US.

So, that is the role that sugars play in the development of Diabetes.

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