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Teens Who Consume A High Fructose Diet May Increase Their Risk For Cardiovascular Disease
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Teens Who Consume A High Fructose Diet May Increase Their Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

A study completed by the Medical College of Georgia at the Georgia Health Sciences University has shown that adolescents that consume a diet that is high in high fructose corn syrup as well as other forms of fructose and have excess belly fat are a much higher risk for a number of serious, chronic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The risk was not found to be as high in teens that did not have concentrated fat in their abdominal area even if they were overweight all over.

The study, using 559 teens ages 14-18, had them eating the higher fructose diet or two weeks before bringing them back in for several medical exams. The teens that ate the high fructose diet were found to have higher blood pressure, a higher fasting blood glucose level (often a precursor to diabetes). In addition, the teens were found to have increased insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that often lead to serious internal damage, even potentially cardiovascular damage that can lead to serious heart health risks. Finally, the teens were found to have a lowered level of a number of heart health defenders including high density lipid (HDL) cholesterol and others.

Having centrally focused fat increased the risk factors. Researchers have long pointed out the increased dangers of weight that is gathered at the middle of the body which includes increased inflammatory reactions in the body. That weight is also typically caused by increased cortisol, a stress hormone that can also cause additional damage in the body and may interfere with the body's release of a number of chemicals. Increased stress may also lead to enhanced damage related to inflammation in the body which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, especially high blood pressure.

A previous study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found those same results with adults in a similar experiment. Researchers gave the participants a diet to follow for two weeks that featured high fructose corn syrup as one quarter of the overall daily calorie intake. At the end of the two weeks, researchers found that blood cholesterol and total triglycerides were dramatically elevated.

The American Heart Association recommends a much lower percentage for sugar calories than what is currently being recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Currently, those guidelines call for the upper limit to be 25% or less of daily calories coming from added sugar. The Heart Association's recommendation is five percent or less.


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