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Fructose: Men and Women Appear to Process It Differently, Study Suggests

Posted Oct 02 2008 3:12pm

Note from Connie: Men's triglyceride counts skyrocketed by 71 percent and by contrast, women's triglyceride counts increased by 16 percent, after overloading on fructose, according to a new study inDiabetes Care.This seems to indicate that men and women process the sweetener differently. Jennifer Moore gives you more information.

After following a high-fructose diet, women's triglyceride counts rose by 16% while men's triglyceride levels spiked a staggering 71% after the fructose overload.

The researchers -- who looked at only 16 men and women -- found that men consuming higher amounts of fructose also experienced a jump in markers for insulin resistance, but the women saw no notable change in their insulin resistance.

This study is important because high triglyceride readings are associated with greater risk of heart disease, while insulin resistance is linked to greater risk of diabetes. Thanks to Joene Hendry of Reuters for the tip.

Jennifer Moore for SUGAR SHOCK! Blog

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