A sweetener used in food manufacture could be partly to blame for rising rates of type 2 diabetes, say scientists. Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have higher rates of the disease than those that consume little, says a new study. Among 42 countries studied, rates of diabetes were 8 percent in high-consuming nations and 6.7 among low consumer--a difference of 20 percent. Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, from Oxford University, who co-led the study, said: ‘This research suggests that HFCS can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, which is one of the most common causes
Comments: I´m a definite believer in HFCS being one of the villains in the rising tide of obesity and Type 2 diabetes cases. This article shows a relationship with diabetes (and surely they´re referring to Type 2) but not a cause. Even so, it wouldn´t hurt to avoid HFCS.
Before I seriously reduced my HFCS, my a1c had risen to 7.2, easily within the type 2 diabetes category. I quit eating anything that had HFCS and reduced my weight by 20# (I still need to get rid of 30#). My a1c is now at 6.0. Diabetes is gone.
It´s grimly ironic that liberals want to control what you eat/order but say nothing about the protectionism, price-fixing, cronyism, corruption and domestic media blackout that has brought us Big Corn and its syrup, to say nothing of the ethanol nonsense.
So your chance of getting TypeII diabetes is 6% if your country uses low amounts of HFCS and it skyrockets to 8% if your country uses high amounts of HFCS. Okay, first, that´s not a huge difference in my book. Apply the same risk difference to any activity and see how worried you feel. Second, I´m always suspicious where diets are concerned because there are so many factors that can influence the results that truly controlled studies are almost impossible. Anecdotal stories don´t qualify as scientific proof of anything.
There should be music written to go with Coulter´s "Being conservative is never having to be surprised by headlines."
People who eat more HFCS develop diabetes and WHEN THEY CONTROL THEIR DIET the problem disappears/is alleviated. Focus on that: People who eat more.... and control their diet. My guess is: People who eat more develop diabetes. Control your diet.
All apologies but, in addition to not eating HFCS, wasn´t the a drop in consumption of all kinds related to that loss of 20 pounds ?
But protein (from meat) is bad for you, isn´t it, #8? Or so the vegans say. BTW, didn´t they drop the a1c from 7.2 to 6.something? They are always changing standards so they can report an increase in something or other. Otherwise, there would be no use for some of these "scientists".
Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar found in most fruit. It´s also found in large quantities in honey. The whole argument is STUPID.
But if you want to blame someone for the use of HFCS, blame the Federal Government. They imposed high tariffs on cane sugar that made the stuff too expensive to use. So, during the late 70s and 80s the industry switched to HFCS since it meant a reliable supply and predictable price compared to cane sugar.
So put the blame where it BELONGS! They do it to us everytime!!
Liberals are genetically unable to see the long term picture about anything. Remember when it was ´we need to use plastic grocery bags to save the trees´. Now 20 years later, they are screaming about what a danger these bags are and how they should be eliminated and replaced with reuseable ones. Problem there is most of these reusable bags have been found to be contaminated with some serious bugs that can make you really sick.
The problem with liberals is they can´t accept that there are consequences for every action. Sugar vs HFCS is just another example.
My father (and my grandfather before him) were chocolate makers. I remember 60 years ago, as a small tyke visiting the factory where they worked (who wouldn´t?). They used HFCS by the barrel - it came in 60 gallon cardboard barrels that had to be handled very carefully.
My point is that this stuff has been around for decades. Maybe its sneaking into more processed/packaged foods than before, but if you stay away from packaged foods and exercise some moderation it shouldn´t be a problem.
I believe the reason Type II Diabetes rates are skyrocketing is because its being diagnosed more. Back in the ´40s and ´50s, and even into the ´70s the only way to diagnose "the sugars" (as it was called) required a 24-hour urine sample or an expensive blood test. Now they give the meters away.
Do not confuse HFCS with regular corn sweetener (such as Karo - used in pecan pies).
According to Wikipedia: "HFCS was rapidly introduced to many processed foods and soft drinks in the U.S. from about 1975 to 1985."
So it is pretty recent. Prior to this time soft drinks were sweetened with sucrose (cane or beet sugar). I think that the US is the only country which uses HFCS in soft drinks. Note: if you ever wonder why some stores also carry Coca Cola bottled in Mexico it is because those sodas use sugar - and no HFCS.
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