This new study shows that kids who consume a lot of sugar also progress faster from early signs of the disease (detectable antibodies to beta cells) to full-blown type 1 diabetes:
What does this mean? It could mean that increased consumption of sugar and other refined carbohydrates is worsening the modern epidemic of type 1 diabetes, as well as the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
Perhaps an increased intake of refined carbs/sugars, via an increased insulin production, stresses the beta cells and make them more vulnerable to the autoimmune reaction that leads to type 1 diabetes.
I often meet some resistance from parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, when discussing this possible link. Understandably so. It’s a comforting idea that type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with the environment, that it’s only fate. But the data does not support this.
Something in the environment has caused a lot more people to get type 1 diabetes in the last few decades – coinciding with the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. It could be the same thing driving both epidemics. A sick environment with – among other things – too much refined carbs and sugar in the food supply.