Diabetes Fructose: Type 2 Diabetes Caused Primarily By Fructose, New Study Says

Jan 30, 2015 01:57 PM EST | By Victoria Guerra

Though experts have often said that diabetes and fructose are closely related, the first studies proving this have been released to the public, and the first findings point towards the theory that added sugars, particularly fructose, might be the leading cause behind type 2 diabetes.

It's been widely recognized by health experts that there's an important relation between diabetes and fructose, but as further research about diabetes and the obesity epidemic ranges on, it appears that the relation is far closer than had been previously imagined, as it turns out it could actually be the leading cause for getting the metabolic disorder.

According to Science Daily, the new findings in regard of diabetes and fructose were published by Elsevier Health Sciences specialists in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, in a recent paper entitled "Added Fructose: A Principal Driver of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Its Consequences" which suggests that fructose is actually the key diabetes type 2 driver.

As Eureka Alert reports, the fructose and diabetes paper challenges different dietary guidelines in hype right now by proposing new ones with major reductions to the amount of added sugar consumption, particularly in the face of added fructose, as they make the point that evidence strongly leads towards the theory that these are the main responsible foods (over any other carbohydrate) for the growth of the disease.

The scientist cited a lot of previous research on the matter to state that there needed to be a swift in the dietary paradigm, due to the fact that approximately 40 percent of American adults have some degree of insulin resistance, which can ultimately lead to type 2 diabetes.

"The studies that we looked at clearly show that once you hit 18 percent compared to just 5 percent of your total calories from sugar, there's significant metabolic harms promoting prediabetes and diabetes," said James D. DiNicolantonio, the lead investigator of the diabetes fructose research, to Time Magazine. "In fact, there's a two-fold increase."

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