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Dr. Anthony Heaney, M.D., Ph.D.: "Link Between Fructose and Cancer Proliferation Shown In Study."

Posted Oct 24 2011 2:25pm
Dr. Ronald Hoffman talked about a study done by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center in 2010. The entire posting can be viewed at Pancreatic Cancers Use Fructose, Common in a Western Diet, to Fuel Growth. Dr. Anthony Heaney, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery, a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher, and senior author of the study. Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a corn-based sweetener that has been on the market since about 1970. HFCS accounts for more than 40 percent of the caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages, and it is the sole sweetener used in American soft drinks. Dr. Heaney said, "As in anti-smoking campaigns, a federal effort should be launched to reduce refined fructose intake. I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of HFCS in our diets. While this study was done in pancreatic cancer, these finding may not be unique to that cancer type."

See my January 25, 2005, posting - How to Listen to Health Talk with Dr. Ronald Hoffman.
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