Researchers in Brazil have reported that blood sugar levels rose more in some regions in the Rio Grande do Sul region in 2017 than in previous years.
In the first of a series of five studies, published in the journal PLOS One, the researchers examined blood sugar, glucose and triglycerides in more than 30,000 people who participated in the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease Study in Brazil.
The researchers found that the prevalence of diabetes increased in Rio Grande Do Sul in the year 2016, the first year for which data was available.
However, this was not the case in the two previous years: In 2016, blood sugar increased more in the northeastern region of the state of São Paulo, where the region is located, than in the southeastern region of Sao Paulo, the study authors found.
In addition, the overall prevalence of obesity increased in São Paulistas, which has the highest obesity rates in Brazil, according to the study.
But the researchers found no evidence of a link between the two.
“This is the first time in the past 20 years that we saw a large rise in the prevalence and level of diabetes in the area of Rio Grande and São Tomé and Príncipe,” said study co-author Ana Gomes, a researcher at the University of SÃO Paulo.
“It is quite a new finding.
We know there are risks for obesity in these regions.
And we also know that people who are obese have higher risk of developing diabetes.”
The authors of the study did not directly link any of the findings to the consumption of sugar, which is made from corn and sugar cane.
However: “There are studies that show that sugar consumption increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in people who have type 2 or higher diabetes, and we think that the increased risk of diabetes could be linked to increased consumption of sugars,” Gomes said.
“But the evidence to date has been weak.”
While the research is small, it does raise questions about the potential for sugar consumption to increase the risk for type 2 and type 1 diabetes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been studying sugar consumption and sugar intake in humans for more than a decade, and in 2014 it released its Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help guide people on the best way to eat.
But Gomes and her colleagues said their findings raise more questions than they answer.
They noted that in a previous study, researchers found increased risk for diabetes in older adults in areas of the U.K. with high sugar consumption, which could mean that higher sugar consumption is more prevalent in older people.
“In Brazil, we’re seeing more people being overweight and having higher blood sugar,” Gories said.
Gomes emphasized that the researchers did not have any personal experience with sugar, but did have some observations from her own work.
“I’m working in an area where sugar is very widely consumed,” she said.
In other words, she’s talking about what people have been eating in other parts of the world, such as in France.
“People are eating lots of sugar,” she added.
“They’re just consuming a lot less of it.”
The researchers hope that their findings could inform policy makers and health professionals on sugar consumption.
Gories, a professor of public health at the College of Staten Island, said her team is currently working with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to look at sugar consumption in the United States and how it relates to diabetes risk.
“What we’re trying to understand is how sugar consumption affects the risk and the progression of diabetes,” Gores said.
She said that, as of right now, the results of their study will be limited because the researchers had to look only at the Brazilian population.
In Brazil, the government is considering a law that would require all sugar consumed in the country to be made from cane, which makes up nearly half of all sugar produced.
The law would also ban the importation of sugar cane into the country.
It is not yet clear whether or not that law will pass in Brazil because of opposition from some sugar producers and some lawmakers.
“We need to keep pushing this debate, because sugar consumption has been rising,” Gory said.