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High Fructose Consumption, Higher Diabetes

High Fructose Consumption, Higher Diabetes

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup may be one of the factors for the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes, U.S. and British researchers suggest.

The study, published in Global Public Health, found countries with higher use of high-fructose corn syrup had an average prevalence of type 2 diabetes of 8 percent compared to 6.7 percent in countries not using high-fructose corn syrup.

“High-fructose corn syrup appears to pose a serious public health problem on a global scale,” said principal study author Michael Goran, director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center and co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, in a statement. “The study adds to a growing body of scientific literature that indicates high-fructose corn syrup consumption may result in negative health consequences distinct from and more deleterious than natural sugar.”

Goran and Stanley Ulijaszek of the University of Oxford said of the 42 countries studied, the United States had the highest per-capita consumption of high-fructose corn syrup at a rate of 55 pounds per year. The second highest was Hungary, with an annual rate of 47 pounds per capita. Canada, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Argentina, South Korea, Japan and Mexico are also relatively high high-fructose corn syrup consumers.

However, Germany, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Egypt, Finland and Serbia were among the lowest high-fructose corn syrup consumers.

Countries with per-capita consumption of less than 1 pound per year included: Australia, China, Denmark, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

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  • eddie47d

    Conservatives probably don’t care for they slam anyone who attempts to correct the problem brought to us through High Fructose Sugars. I’d like to do something about the diabetic problem but they will only label me as a commie traitor taking away their right to be fat and a burden on our health care system!

    • momo

      why don’t you move to New York, and Bloomberg will tell you what to drink.

      • ChristyK

        If the Feds would stop subsidizing corn, then maybe HFC syrup wouldn’t be so cheap. If it wasn’t so cheap, then food manufacturers would want to use it (especially since many people are deciding they don’t like it). If it wasn’t in almost every processed food in the grocery store, ,many people would choose to avoid it and some would avoid it on accident. Therefore stopping subsidizing, which is unconstitutional and unfair, would lead to a significant reduction in the amount of HFCs ingested. It’s a win-win.

      • ChristyK

        Oops, that is “manufacturers would NOT want to use it”.

    • momo

      Seriously, eddie47d, are people that stupiod that they neeed someone to tell them about nutrition? Stick to a diet of fruits and veggies. do away with meat, sugar and bread. You’ll feel a whole lot better.
      If your interested read this:

      • eddie47d

        You really want me to answer that ? People are ignorant on many things especially if a product is pushed as the latest thing by Corporate America. Remember the sales pitch for tobacco?

    • ONTIME

      Not so you of little conservative knowledge, we preach moderation, while those of the lib think like free and easy to excess and then blame others for their inevitable would be wise to change your political ingesting and adopt a more conservative approach…

      • eddie47d

        Most of the tobacco executives leaned to the right same thing with the Fructose products management and they are in the thousands. So with those products Conservatives rule the roost.

  • Jamie

    Of course the Gov owns the Corn fields and make big profits off FDA approved H F Corn syrup in several ways while, slowly poisoning and rendering a sick Population to make even more money from the Pharmacy side. most Politicians own drug make stocks. as well as the Corn sqweezed alcohal in the Gasoline that screws up Carbs in older cars,trucks,motorcycles,all types lawn equipment. Gov thinks their doing Us all a great job.

  • Carlucci

    HFCS and genetically modified wheat is also making everyone sick. Read the excellent best sellling book “Wheat Belly” by cardiologist William Davis, M.D.

  • Len Saunders

    There has been direct correlation between the rise in childhood obesity and the increase in type 2 diabetes for children. The key to fixing this concern is through educating children and their families. High fructose foods can sometimes be quite appealing to many young children, but also rich in calories. Since Type 2 diabetes is environmental, children (and adults) need to be careful what they eat, including foods rich in fructose – -
    which can contribute to obesity. The study used in this article supports this statement.
    Len Saunders

  • Pros

    Do you know the difference in type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Learn more at


    To much of anything can become a hazzard and that old thought “in moderation” is still a good standard in many circumstances…


    High fructose corn syrup does not cause diabetes. If you do not have the gene in your family, or if only one parent has the gene you will not get diebetes. It has nothing to do with how much sugar or sweets you eat, it is a genetic disorder, so people like you, eddie47d, can stop worrying about getting it from sweets. This is just another scare tactic used by control freaks to try to subjucate the public. It’s just like the bogus “Global Warming/Climate Change” scam. It’s all a bunch of bunk.

  • Anonymous

    So frustrating! Why is this even still up for debate!? I wrote a report on hfcs, msg and aspartame. It’s up for free on my website. Please download it and share it with as many people as you know:


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