I received this from Dr. Mercola. Namely that apart from obesity and added sugars / fructose (think high-fructose corn syrup) being causes for diatetes, antibiotic exposure also plays a role!
According to a recent study,30 type 2 diabetics tend to have been more overexposed to antibiotics in the years prior to their diagnosis, compared to non-diabetics. Antibiotic exposure is one reason why I don’t recommend eating foods from factory farmed animals, as they tend to be raised on antibiotic growth promoters. Hence every time you eat meat from such animals, you’re getting a small dose of antibiotics, which over time with regular consumption can upset your gut flora and have a notable impact on your weight and metabolism.3
Research shows that the primary drivers of diabetes are processed foods and added sugars. Fructose (such as high-fructose corn syrup) is particularly pernicious, as well as antibiotics, which are commonly used on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) where most of the meat and animal products (dairy, cheese, and eggs) sold in the US are raised. It’s quite clear that the food and beverage industries play a significant role in the diabetes epidemic, and we are bound to fail to reduce prevalence unless we change our dietary habits.
However, that’s the last thing the food- and beverage industries want you to do, and industry-funded research has done a lot to confuse consumers about these dietary influences. For example, Coca-Cola Company funds the Global Energy Balance Network, a front group aimed at confusing you about soda science and diverting attention away from evidence showing soda is a major contributor to obesity and diabetes.
Scientific American32 also recently wrote about how the soda industry is giving money to US mayors to “fight obesity,” not by focusing on reducing soda and junk food consumption, but by promoting access to fruits and vegetables and exercising more. While both are admirable strategies, they will still fail to make a significant dent in the diabetes epidemic unless or until our children are also taught about the importance of avoiding the primary culprits — processed foods, junk foods, and sugary drinks.
The take away message. Eat whole organic foods and avoid processed foods of any nature. best of all cut all sugars that are not naturally found in whole foods.