If you’re a sugarholic, you’ve got a very high risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
While the link between diets high in refined sugars and other processed carbohydrates might seem obvious, scientific studies have yielded mixed findings. For this reason, Geoffrey Livesay, PhD, RPHNutr, of Independent Nutrition Logic, in the United Kingdom, and his colleagues decided to analyze 24 studies that investigated high-glycemic-load diets and diabetes risk.
The glycemic load (GL) refers to the effect a meal has on blood sugar. Refined sugars and other carbs are rapidly absorbed, leading to spikes in blood sugar, and are considered high GL. In contrast, high-fiber foods are absorbed slowly and considered low GL.
The 125,000 people in the studies consumed an average...
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