Harvard Study Released Results: Fructose May Trigger Body Fat


Alexandra Sifferlin from Time.com says that the new mouse study finally published results as to what this component might do to our body. It seems to quickly get absorbed into the liver of the mice with diabetes. With this, it causes health problems for the mice. If there will be efforts to continue the investigation of the study, it can possibly give insights for diabetic people.

The researchers found that the mice absorb fructose immediately and it is then sent to the liver quickly which creates fat. The team says that a protein triggered by diabetes is responsible for the fast absorption and creation of fat.

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In eurekalert.org, the scientists were able to discover that the protein opens the gate to fructose in the small intestine. These results were gathered from the short-term and long-term experiments. This gives us an insight about what may take place when we eat food and drinks high in this type of sugar.

Fructose is a sugar that is commonly found in our typical foods and drinks. The increase in the levels found in our diet has been linked with diseases like obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. 

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Ajmc.com writes that the researchers proceeded with the experiments using mice with and without the protein Txnip. This looks like a carrier, which tend to increase the transporters that filter fructose across the gut wall to the liver. Eventually, it causes the fat deposits and trigger insulin resistance.

The research team said that it’s still under investigation and more work needs to be done in order for them to go deeper into the relationship between fructose and glucose. Further studies are needed to examine the prediabetes to diabetes transition. 

Harvard Study Evaluates How Mice With Diabetes React to Fructose

The researchers conducted experiments with mice with and without the metabolic control protein called Txnip. The protein seems to act as a carrier, increasing the number of transporters that filter fructose across the gut wall to the liver, where it causes the build-up of fat and may trigger insulin resistance and hypertension. Insulin resistance leads to the development of type 2 diabetes. Read more…

Here’s a great insight about what this sugar does to the body. Check out Cleveland Clinic’s video:


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