It used to be considered a myth that too much sugar leads to type 2 diabetes, but research is starting to suggest otherwise. Sugary drinks have been already linked and now scientists are turning up more evidence.

The average American diet includes more than 30 teaspoons of sugar a day, when it should only include six for women and nine for men. It s a big reason why Rocco LoBosco believes he got type 2 diabetes.

I was a cookie freak, he said.

A Stanford University study found the more sugar in a population s food supply, the higher the rate of type 2 diabetes.

We don t need to have this level of disease, said Richard Jacoby, DPM, Medical Director, Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute.

Doctor Richard Jacoby knows what too much sugar can do. His patients, like Rocco, face amputation because of out of control type 2 diabetes.

Rocco lost his toe and the impact doesn t stop there.

Sugar is considered the number one culprit in cancer disease, as well as diabetic neuropathy, cardiac, and stroke, Dr. Jacoby said.

Sugar comes camouflaged in other foods as well.

Wheat, bread, any grain is sugar, Dr. Jacoby said.

Those foods trigger an insulin response in the body leading to weight gain.

Six to eleven helpings of grains a day, that s absurd. That s why we are all diabetic, Dr. Jacoby said.

Instead, Dr. Jacoby recommends a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and oils, grass fed meat and veggies.

If it tastes good, don t eat it, and that means it has sugar in it. If you do that you will lose weight and your diabetes will go away, Dr. Jacoby said.

Rocco has lost 34 pounds since starting the diet and has his blood sugar under control.

It s a lousy disease, but I have some control over it, Rocco said.

Again, we re only talking about type 2 diabetes, the kind you can prevent. The other kind, type 1 diabetes, is not preventable.

The Stanford study received no outside funding.

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