Eliminating Fructose Promises Improved Lipids in At-Risk Children

Endocrine Web
by Kathleen Doheny

Reducing fructose in the diets of obese Latino and African-American children improved their lipid profiles quickly,1 according to research presented at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Universal City, California.

In as little as 10 days, improvements were achieved, said Alejandro Gugliucci, MD, PhD, dean of research at Touro University California in Vallejo.  

"One way clinicians may curb the dual epidemics of diabetes and insulin resistance is by focusing on prevention, particularly with regard to diet," Dr. Gugliucci told EndocrineWeb. Of all the possible dietary changes, fructose ought to be a prime target, he said. In the study of 20 obese children, ''we reduced fructose from 14% to 4% [of calories], to great effect," he said.

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