Fructose Vindicated for Obesity Epidemic? Should Diabetics be Concerned About High Fructose Corn Syrup?Written by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
Are we unfairly blaming fructose for the obesity epidemic?
That’s what researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital suggested in the Annals of Internal Medicine when they reviewed over 40 published fructose studies.
In 31 of these studies, people ate the same number of calories as either pure fructose or non-fructose sugar. The fructose group did not gain any more weight than the non-fructose group in these studies.
In the remaining studies, one group ate their normal diet while the other group added fructose to their diet. As you might guess, the fructose group (those who ate the extra calories) gained weight.
I consider the benefits of most medications used to lower cholesterol (called “statin medications”) to be modest at best in those without known heart disease (called “primary prevention”). These medications lower heart attack death risk by less than two percent. To put this in perspective, having optimal thyroid levels, even when normal, is associated with a 69 percent lower risk of heart attack death. Even owning a cat is associated with a 30 percent lower risk. Despite these minimal benefits, the relatively high expense (costing the health care system over $12 billion a year), and the aggravating pain and fatigue that accompany their use in some patients, they are being heavily pushed — even being heavily marketed to pediatricians now.
Diabetic neuropathy is a symptom that many people with either Type I or Type II diabetes will face. In fact, roughly half of all diabetics will develop nerve damage causing symptoms. Diabetic neuropathy results as a consequence of damage to nerves caused by periods of high blood sugar. The high blood sugar results in the formation of advanced glycosylated end products (AGEs), which physically damage the nerves. The high blood sugar also decreases circulation, which results in poor healing and recovery in nerves.
Focus on Health…
- Is it really type II diabetes or drug-induced hyperglycemia?
- Several studies prove statin drugs can raise blood sugar levels;
- Statin drugs send messages to your liver to STOP making any more cholesterol—so… the liver sends the sugar back OUT to your bloodstream and now you get diagnosed with type II diabetes.
|Refined carbs are foods which have been processed by machinery that strips the bran and germ from the whole grain. The process gives foods a finer texture and extends shelf life, but it removes important nutrients, as B vitamins, fiber, and iron. Three more examples of refined carbs are pasta and white rice made with white flour, and sugar.|
Sugar is very sneaky.
It is so pervasive in our society, not only in obvious forms such as cookies and candy but also in just about any other food you can think of. From packaged meats to soups to commercial salt, sugar is in there. It’s even hidden in such nonfood items as vitamins, aspirin, prescription and overthe- counter drugs, and various cosmetics.