Diabetes Association Gets Sugar Money, Says Sugar Unrelated to Disease
While we don't pretend to be a medical expert, we've certainly heard sugar has a little something to do with a disease called Diabetes. Well, after sugary soft drink marketer Cadbury Schweppes entered into a three-year, multi-million dollar alliance, American Diabetes Association Chief Scientific and Medical Officer Richard Kahn seems to think otherwise and told Corporate Crime Reporter, in an interview, "What is the evidence that sugar itself has anything to do with diabetes? There is no evidence."
Without missing a beat, Gary Ruskin's Commercial Alert is on the case. "Saying that sugar has nothing to do with diabetes is like saying that tobacco has nothing to do with emphysema," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert. "The American Diabetes Association has been so corrupted that they have sunk to the mentality of 'tobacco scientists' who denied the link between tobacco and lung cancer."
In the article, when Kahn was asked whether sugary drinks have anything to do with diabetes, he responded "No one has a clue of whether they do or don't." One might hope to assume an association dedicated to the disease would certainly have at least a glimmer of a clue.