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Diabetes Watch Blog: Fruit Sugars Might Cause Obesity

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Dec 19, 2005

Fruit Sugars Might Cause Obesity

Fruit Sugars Might Cause Obesity
While eating lots of sugary food can definitely increase the risk of obesity with associated risks of developing diabetes and heart problems, eating more fruits might just do the same thing as per reports from a recent study.

Fructose, the sugar found in fruit, honey and the corn-syrup sweeteners used in many processed foods, may trick the body into thinking it's hungrier than it really is, researchers report.

The findings could explain why sweet foods help boost obesity rates in the United States and elsewhere.

A word of caution in interpreting the study! The evidence comes from animal studies and not from human studies. Researchers at at the University of Florida identified fructose as part of a biochemical chain reaction that causes weight gain in rats.

Fructose can also cause an increase of uric acid levels in the blood, the Florida team found. This temporary rise in uric acid blocks the action of insulin, the hormone that regulates how body cells use and store the sugar they need for energy.

If increased uric acid levels occur frequently enough, features of metabolic syndrome may develop over time, the researchers said. These features include obesity, elevated blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

This research paper is published in the December issue of the journal Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology and in the online edition of the American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

JoAnn      



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