Skip to comments.High-fructose corn syrup linked to type 2 diabetes
Posted on 11/28/2012 12:58:27 PM PST by neverdem
Countries using high-fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20 percent higher than countries that do not, a new international analysis finds.
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in national food supplies around the world might help explain the rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world, researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford report in the journal Global Public Health.
After studying 42 countries, researchers found that those that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than those that did not use HFCS, suggesting an association with diabetes independent of total sugar intake and obesity levels.
"HFCS appears to pose a serious public health problem on a global scale," said principal study author Michael I. Goran, MD, professor of preventive medicine , director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center, and co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in a release. "The study adds to a growing body of scientific literature that indicates HFCS consumption may result in negative health consequences distinct from and more deleterious than natural sugar."
Not surprisingly, the United States topped the list with the most per-capita consumption of HFCS - 55 pounds per person, per year. The second highest was Hungary, with an annual rate of 46 pounds per person per year. Canada, Slovakia Bulgaria, Belgium, Argentina, Korea, Japan, and Mexico also had high rates while Germany, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Egypt, Finland, and Serbia were found to be among the lowest HFCS consumers.
Countries on the high end of the HFCS scale had an average type 2 diabetes rate of 8 percent, compared to 6.7 percent in countries not using HFCS. Researchers believe this link is driven by higher amounts of fructose in foods made with HFCS than in foods made with regular table sugar or glucose. Some evidence suggests that the body metabolizes fructose differently from glucose , researchers say in the article, though this runs contrary to the positions of the American Medical Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, among other groups. The AMA says HFCS is no worse for the body than glucose-containing table sugar - a claim that's hard for some consumers to believe, as HFCS has been vilified for decades because of its suspected role in weight gain and metabolic syndrome .
Regardless, the take-home message is that consumers need to reduce the amount of all forms of sugar and sweeteners in their diets, says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Honey, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, molasses - these are all sources of added sugars that we need to reduce in our diet," she says. "Sixty-five percent of Americans are overweight, and getting rid of foods like these that are just empty calories can potentially help manage weight."
Gotta love these studies...
I heard high fructose corn syrup also causes global warming....(s)
I got diabetes from drinking 2 liters of coke classic every day for about 2 years.
No one else in my family has it or had it, and no one else was addicted to soft drinks like I was.
Again? Why are people so desperate to find some food product to blame for their poor health?
***”HFCS appears to pose a serious public health problem on a global scale,” said principal study author Michael I. Goran, MD***
And of course ‘global problems’ require nothing less than global solutions.
Now that the sugar industry in the US has been reduced and nearly wiped out with government controls, regulations and rules, we find that the previously touted “new, safer, sugar” is worse than the junk science of bad sugar. We are such a misled nation, misled by the politics of science - consensus.
So now we can claim it was good news that Hostess bit the dust...
Well, this one has a simple solution - get rid of sugar tariffs.
My wife was on the this 10 years ago. She avoids anything with HFCS like the plague—which is tough because its everywhere. Plain old sugar is preferable.
Are you saying that you don’t think that your diet is an important health factor?
Funded by sugar cane refiners, correct?
but reguardless....we use HFCS here in the states because IIRC the corn industry is highly subsidized by the govt to grow all the corn...
same reason we now have biofuels that we burn instead of eat...
we got to keep those Iowa farmers fat and happy using their products in some way...
follow the money...
then follow the vote....Iowa loves dumping their corn on the rest of us and they wouldn't want any fiscal conservative interferring with the gravy train....
Offhand, do you believe that swapping corn syrup for cane sugar would have made a difference? I'm not convinced that consuming 1.5 cups of any kind of sugar every day (the amount found in a single two-liter bottle of Coke) is healthy for anyone, corn syrup or no.
“Why are people so desperate to find some food product to blame for their poor health?”
I was drinking a lot of fruit “juice,” figuring it was about 95% water, and good for me. But they were loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. Doc did my blood one day and told me my sugar was really, really high, and that I had type 2. I cut out the “juice,” and within a couple months, I was slightly above high normal. Don’t even have to take meds anymore.
The sugar industry in the U.S. is protected by high tariff walls. That’s why you pay much more than the world price for the stuff — and that’s why the food industry uses so much HFCS as a substitute. So yeah, government policies are at the root of the problem — but, for very different reasons than you posit.
Cum hoc egro propter hoc
The conclusion to be drawn from this study rather is that the higher per-capital consumption of HFCS and/or sugar, the higher the incidence of diabetes. NOT that HFCS causes diabetes as the headline falsely implies.
I've been drinking a lot of wine figuring much the same thing!
I do the same thing. No sodas, strict limit on juices and I check labels like crazy. I cut out the sodas 10 years ago..2 years I started avoiding the HFCS as much as humanly possible.
These studies appeal to those with high anxiety about getting sick. If they can find something they think lets them predict a cause, which they can then avoid, it feels to them like they have control over what otherwise seems to be a more or less random occurrence. They then seek to recruit others to believe the same thing, which gives them confidence they must be right.
As for the researchers, they're just in it for the easy publications and maybe some grant money.
No, I don’t think it would have made a difference, clearly I was abusing sugar products and paid the price for it.
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Question: Isn’t sugar just sugar?
Thus, attacking high-fructose corn syrup is just a diversion, right?
As far as I know, only the coke classic that is sold in the old fashioned glass bottles and is advertised to have cane sugar in it is non high fructose corn syrup coke classic.
The classic that’s in 2 liter bottles is syrup, and also at the time I would drink pepsi this way too.
Ergo, air causes cancer.
Now where is my dam*ed grant check?
LOL, you mean fructose-containing table sugar. "Sugar" is 50% fructose; HFCS is 55% fructose. Amazing how gullible some people are.
Well, I’ve got my blood sugar under perfect control with the daily meds, and I can also go off the meds, however it takes too long for my body to get the blood sugar back between 100-120 after eating if I’m off the meds.
It can take 3-4 hours to go back down naturally, whereas on the meds it takes 2 hours flat. So the doc says even though my diabetes is managed now, the underlying condition still remains, so he wants we on the meds.
Luckily I’m taking the old school meds metformin and glimepride, which do not seem to have these dire side effects like some of the more recently introduced diabetic medeicines.
Oh yeah, I’d have to agree with that too.
During the time of my abusing soft drinks, I was a very fat dude...bloated even.
Incorrect, well at least in the United States. Sugar growers love Corn Syrup- without this sugar substitute, congress would have to allow cheap imported sugar. This would force high cost US growers out of business. Congress loves corn syrup, because corn and sugar grower make a lot of donations for the statue quo.
Of course workers and business owner of candy makers, bakeries and other users of sugar have lost thousand of jobs and business. Blame Unions for our lost Twinkies, but don't forget sugar growers.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 5 weeks ago. My doctor strongly recommended "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman, and I've been following it reasonably well.
In a nutshell, my blood glucose readings have been between 95-120 for the past 10 days, and I've been exercising more, too. After this morning's result, I realize I need to cut back on consumption of nuts. My goal is to have it down in the 80's before my followup visit in February.
I don't have the craving for Cokes or sweets, and the diet is varied enough so as not to be boring.
For all the bad press that HFCS gets, I've never seen a study that compares the health risks against other types of sugars. I'm not convinced that HFCS is to blame - just high consumption.
I was probably taking in 500-600 calories a day, just on Cokes. Now my beverages consist of water (w/lemon), and green tea (unsweet).
Exercise really helps a great deal. Much as I love to sit in front of my pc, a sedentary lifestyle is deadly.
I don’t usually crave sweets any more, occasionally I fall of the wagon, usually that happens in Publix’s bakery or driving in front of the local bakery...mmm frosting...
My real weakness is far carbohydrates though. I love bread and pasta.
I have cut just about all sodas and drink a lot more water. I use a Brita bottle with a filter. Until a few months ago, I was a heavy cheerwine drinker and I was feeling miserable in the evenings. These days I am doing much better.
And yet here is a doctor that says it is not HFCS, but wheat, that is the culprit.
Unfortunately, this is not one of those studies. Way to many variables, proxy studies rarely close the deal for me.
Back in the 60’s and 70’s when sodas were made with pure cane sugar.Obesity was not a problem. i have said before that corn syrup is freakin’ evil.
That could possibly be true. I can’t be certain. I do avoid HFCS as much as possible now, though every now and then I will drink it in a Barqs rootbeer. I will do this rarely between morning and noon if I feel low blood sugar as a result of my meds.
Eating a light breakfast and then taking the meds can lead to this if I expend too much energy on activities in the morning.
they began sweetening even ice cream with this crap 10 to 20 years ago... it’s garbage, and I don’t care for the taste.
and I don’t like soda..
that said, drink what you want, it’s all a matter of amounts.
tired of all this nanny culture...
I hear you...whole grain pasta just doesn't cut it. My boys and grandson absolutely love the pasta I make. My last batch was made with ground venison, and it tasted great. I couldn't believe how lean the meat was.
Maybe I'll just eat the sauce with perhaps a few pieces of pasta. I'm still learning about what I can eat, and what I can't. The pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving apparently wasn't bad, yet nuts made my reading spike about 5%.
The city of Irving has done a great job in building walking/bike trails. I walked the entire Campion Trail last Sunday...from the start to my house, it was a bit over 7 miles. It's a fun walk along the Trinity River, and there's a couple of places where wagon trains crossed the river in the mid-1800s.
My lawnmowers and chainsaws all got Type2 diabetes from HFC Corn Ethanol. Had to rebuild the carbs on all 4 of them. I hate that crap.
It’s getting to the point where if you didn’t grow it yourself; you probably shouldn’t eat it...most of the stuff at the grocery store really isn’t ‘food’...
More importantly they appeal to our victim mentality. It makes everything some faceless company’s fault, evil nasty corporations making products people enjoy making people fat is a much more appealing narrative than people failing to exercise self control.
’ Im taking the old school meds metformin and glimepride, which do not seem to have these dire side effects like some of the more recently introduced diabetic medeicines.”
The first med my doc put me on really screwed with my very short term memory. I had water tests that required 5 drops of this, and 5 drops of that, put into a water sample. I would forget how many drops I’d put in, in the middle of putting them in! 5 seconds! Stopped that stuff!. Took metformin for a month. Don’t need it anymore. I’m just barely Type 2 now.
What pray tell is a cheerwine drinker?
the Agribusiness-Medical industrial complex...at your service....
My Doc recommended Dr Ron Rosedale MD
Cheerwine was my favorite soda until I cut it. I guess it is more likely to be found in the south
About 15 years ago I was addicted to Sun Drop.