Premature death

Claim:

Pre-mature death comes from sugar, alcohol and smoking.

Fact:

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014), “the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. Together they accounted for 63 percent of all U.S. deaths in 2010, with rates for each cause varying greatly from state to state.”

And type 2 diabetes, overweight, tobacco use and alcohol use are among the modifiable risk factors of these leading cause. (CDC, 2014) So smoking and alcohol indeed can cause premature-death.

Then what about sugar? Does sugar have something to do with these factors?

According to American Diabetes Association (2014), “eating sugar has nothing to do with developing type 1 diabetes. Type 1 is caused by genetics and other unknown factors that trigger the disease.” However, “one of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is being overweight, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.” (Ibid)

Therefore, it is not sugar that causes overweight and diabetes which then lead to premature death. It is over-intake of calories and lack of physical activities that cause both overweight and type 2 diabetes and further premature death. So this claim is not accurate, or to certain extent, is a false “fact”.

To learn more about diabetes, see National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014.


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