Your body does not like or want refined sugar, but your brain doesn't know the difference. Diabetes of the T2 variety is a cumulative illness that is sending out loads of signals well before the disease gets diagnosed. Anyone who has gone off sugar then had a lapse experiences all kinds of noxious reactions, like being nauseated, getting terrible gut gripping bms, bloating, brain fog, and the list goes on. That reaction tells you just how bad all that sugar really is, and to avoid it like the plague.
I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.
“How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)