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Part 2: Could Fructose and Uric Acid be Driving Diabetes?

The ability of fructose to raise uric acid levels sheds some light on possible mechanisms in the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This may be a new area where early interventions can be used. In animal and human trials, lowering uric acid improved a number of features of metabolic syndrome, which include renal damage, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and hypertension (Nakagawa et al 2006). It seems that fructose induced damage via uric acid may be a key initiating factor in the cascade of progression in metabolic syndrome since it drives may underlying processes. The harmful effects of fructose make

Part 1: Could Fructose and Uric Acid be Driving Diabetes?

Diabetes has now become an international health problem of epidemic proportions. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association there are currently 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This number is expected to continue to grow at an accelerated pace. The center for disease control predicts that if the rate of growth continues one out of three people born today will have type 2 diabetes. These statistics have set off alarm bells at all levels of the government and health care system and they have begun dumping resources and funding into diabetes education, research and treatments. Fortunately, we have a

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