Sugar availability affects diabetes rates

For every additional 150 calories of sugar available per person per day, the prevalence of diabetes in the population rose 1%, even after controlling for obesity, physical activity, other types of calories and a number of economic and social variables.

The longer a population was exposed to excess sugar, the higher its diabetes rate.

When sugar availability dropped, so did rates of diabetes, independent of changes to consumption of other calories and physical activity or obesity rates.

The study used food-supply data