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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How fructose supersizes the way your gut absorbs fat and calories

It’s no secret that high amounts of fructose are hiding in hundreds of foods, from condiments, like ketchup, to luncheon meats, apple sauce, breakfast cereals and more. It’s contributed to an obesity epidemic, but scientists were truly surprised to see exactly how: by conditioning the gut to absorb supersized amounts of fat and calories…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Keto: The diet with potential to starve cancer cells

Nobel Prize-winning physiologist and biochemist Otto Warburg hypothesized over 90 years ago that cancer cells use sugars for energy. If you take a cancer cell’s preferred energy source, what happens then? On the keto diet, the body turns to burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, but cancer might starve…

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

Insulin resistance: What you need to know

Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance. They’re all manifestations of the same metabolic dysfunction, just to a different degree. And all individuals who develop type 2 diabetes are initially pre-diabetic. And all pre-diabetics are initially insulin resistant. The key may be stopping this hidden dysfunction…

Joyce Hollman

Sneaky added sugars double your liver’s fat production

Trying to avoid fat in your diet isn’t easy. But avoiding hidden sugars is next to impossible. Here’s some incentive: A surprisingly small amount of sugar daily can cause your body to go into fat production overdrive and steer you into diabetes or fatty liver disease.

Joyce Hollman

The one drink breast cancer survivors should avoid

Despite increased awareness of the downsides of soda, half the population consumes sugary drinks on a given day. One in four people gets at least 200 calories from soda, while five percent get at least 567, the equivalent of four cans of soda a day. For a breast cancer survivor, that could be a death sentence. Here’s why and the drink to toast your longevity to instead.

Carolyn Gretton

The not-so-sweet way fructose damages the immune system

Fructose has been a common food additive for decades, and its overconsumption is known to cause issues with the liver and insulin resistance, a precursor to obesity and diabetes. What hasn’t been as clear is how fructose impacts the immune system, and that’s a gamble with high stakes right now.

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Joyce Hollman

Those sweet drinks you love? They’re aging you faster

Everyone knows that too much sugar is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and premature death. And research has shown that low-calorie, artificially sweetened drinks aren’t any better. But for women, they hold another dreaded side effect: Besides sweet drinks making us sick and fat — the science shows they’re making us older […]

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Drinks that lead to heart disease: Sugary, artificially sweetened or both?

While many of us may think of artificially sweetened beverages as a healthy alternative to sugar-laden drinks and as a better way to avoid packing on the quarantine 15, the truth is they’re not without concern. But surely one is at least heart-healthier than the other, right? That’s not just wrong… it could be dead wrong.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Sugar in the brain may initiate Alzheimer’s

We’ve seen plenty of research on brain plaques and tangles, the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s. But experts may have linked the disease’s beginnings to a surprising cause… one that bolsters a long suspected association with diabetes and increased risk for this mind-robber — sugar made in the brain.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The one ingredient that could turn around inflammatory bowel disease

Living with inflammatory bowel disease can make you feel like you’re on your own since the medical community hasn’t been able to agree on the cause or how to reduce your symptoms. Luckily, a new study has found the answer. It comes down to just one ingredient in a long list of foods to avoid.

Jenny Smiechowski

How to keep fructose from setting off a chain reaction that leads to liver disease

Eating a lot of sugar and refined grains is hard on your liver. But one type of sugar seems particularly harmful where your liver is concerned — fructose. It triggers a chain of events that leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can then lead to liver damage, liver cancer or even liver failure.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

The cholesterol danger in every cup

A new study says there’s a little-known factor that could be increasing your chances of ending up with worrisome cholesterol levels. It’s something you could be drinking on a daily basis.

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