Fructose: Cause of Childhood Diabetes | Lois Rogers | 12/15/09

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Scientists have proved for the first time that a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks can damage human metabolism and is fuelling the obesity crisis.

Fructose, a sweetener derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.

It has increasingly been used as a substitute for more expensive types of sugar in yoghurts, cakes, salad dressing and cereals. Even some fruit drinks that sound healthy contain fructose.

Experts believe that the sweetener -- which is found naturally in small quantities in fruit -- could be a factor in the emergence of diabetes among children. This week, a new report is expected to claim that about one in 10 children in England will be obese by 2015.

Previous studies of the potentially adverse impact of fructose have focused on rats, but the first experiment involving humans has now revealed serious health concerns.

Over 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a strictly controlled diet, including high levels of fructose, produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems.

People in both groups put on a similar amount of weight. However, researchers at the University of California who conducted the trial, said the levels of weight gain among the fructose consumers would be greater over the long term.

Fructose bypasses the digestive process that breaks down other forms of sugar. It arrives intact in the liver where it causes a variety of abnormal reactions, including the disruption of mechanisms that instruct the body whether to burn or store fat.

"This is the first evidence we have that fructose increases diabetes and heart disease independently from causing simple weight gain," said Kimber Stanhope, a molecular biologist who led the study. "We didn't see any of these changes in the people eating glucose."

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Well, I can promise you and my family that after today I am steering clear of ALL cheap sweeteners. If I or my family want a treat I will make it myself I WILL NOT buy it anymore.
I promise this for the rest of my life.


Please, be aware that they are strictly talking Type 2 or adult -onset diabetes in this article. Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes is an auto-immune disease. It DOES NOT develop due to bad diet or artificial sweeteners. These type of articles that do not differentiate between the two types spread misinformation and prejudice against those (like my daughter) who had absolutely no control over becoming a diabetic. My sincere wish is for people to understand both types and educate others.


I'm so sorry your daughter has type 1 diabetes. I do understand the difference between the two. Type 2 diabetes is a man made disease. I am disgusted at what we as a family eat sometimes but we eat much better than we did years ago and will continue day by day to make changes.
My husband has high cholesterol. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150lbs. He exercises and eats right but his cholesterol without medication is 315. His body makes extra cholesterol and there is nothing he can do about it just like your daughter.
I too think that we as a society need to become more educated about what we eat. Unfortunately we believe what manufacturers tell us. I am guilty of this as well but am informed enough to know now that extremely processed food that no longer resembles itself in its' natural state is
horrible for us.
I do hope that a cure is found for diabetes as it is a horrible disease. Your daughter will no doubt have times of stress going to parties etc but hopefully it will not be forever.


I'm so glad I do not like the way processed foods taste. I always knew high fructose corn syrup was bad, but I didn't know why. Fat cells around your heart sounds pretty horrific if you ask me! Fruits and veggies taste better then all the processed stuff anyways, so just eat em'!

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