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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Jane Hilgendorf
By Jane Hilgendorf
Retired OCC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

Avoiding sugar won't reduce your risk for diabetes, according to a study of nearly 40,000 female health professionals.

Over a six-year period, women who consumed the most sugar were no more likely to develop diabetes than women who ate the least sugar. The researchers warned, however, that these results should not be interpreted as permission to consume unlimited candy bars and soft drinks, since that will cause weight gain, which, in turn, increases the risk of diabetes.

This confirms the advice of the American Diabetes Association that people, including those with diabetes, need not shun sugar.