That is interesting, Thank you.
I have to say it annoys me that all the alarmists who used to claim that soda emphatically did cause diabetes are correct. Not because they are correct, but because they used to insist upon it with no actual data to back it up.
See, the American Diabetes Association has it on their page as a myth that Sugar causes Type 2 diabetes, indicating it can lead to obesity which can cause Type 2 diabetes. WebMD has a similar passage.
That article is light on details. Previous research indicated that a high calorie diet has a link to Type 2 diabetes - Nothing specific to sugar.
There may now be research indicating something unique to sugar does in fact have at least a casual link to type 2 diabetes, but it's far from conclusive.
At this point, people insisting sugar causes T2 diabetes are still spreading FUD.
There are numerous reasons to limit sugar intake, and that shouldn't even be high on the list.
This is spoken as someone who for about 12 years chugged down at least a liter of soda a day and lived an otherwise healthy lifestyle. I was always annoyed at people who would insist that I was going to get Diabetes, when there was no evidence of that being likely.
If it turns out there is in fact a link, then that changes things. At the moment though that single press article about a study isn't conclusive, and until the FDA, ADA etc change their stance and the prevailing theory that it is a high caloric intake and weight gain that are linked, I don't see how it is responsible to claim sugar causes T2 diabetes.
Of cause, exercising caution is a whole different thing.