Could Genes Explain Why Some People Eat Too Much Sugar?
Posted Oct 02 2008 3:12pm
Note from Connie: In a way, this sounds almost preposterous. On the other hand, it rings true in some ways. In fact, this new research may help sugar-lovers everywhere to feel, "See, it's not my fault. Just blame my genes."
Uncooperative genes or not, you need tried-and-true techniques to conquer your sugar habit. (I list a bunch in my book SUGAR SHOCK! ) But, no matter what, tou've gotta read about this fascinating new research now. Thanks to Jennifer for posting this and letting me have some much-needed down time.
People with a certain variation in a gene that helps the body sense blood glucose levels consumed much more sugar every day than those with a different variation of the gene, according to a study published in the journal Physiological Genomics.
The research team, based at the University of Toronto, studied adults with and without type 2 diabetes and had them record their food intake over a three-day and one-month period, respectively. Regardless of age or whether or not they had diabetes, study subjects with a particular variant of the GLUT2 gene ingested far greater amounts of the sweet stuff than their counterparts.