December 5, 2012

Sweetener Strikes a Sour Note

1 HFCS Tied to Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

A joint study by researchers at USC and Oxford University has implicated high fructose corn syrup in the growing global epidemic of type 2 diabetes. It found that statistically, nations whose food supply includes HFCS have a 20 percent higher rate of diabetes than nations that consume little or no HFCS, and that this association with the disease is consistent regardless of national obesity rates or overall sugar consumption. The study, whose lead author calls HFCS "a serious public health problem on a global scale," pinpoints the sweetener’s higher fructose content compared to other sugars as the key causal factor. The U.S. has the highest HFCS consumption rate of the 42 countries studied, at 55 pounds per person per year, well ahead of second-place Hungary, at a mere 46.

More at Abspaces.net | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Diet and Diabetes, Diabetes and HFCS, Type 2 Diabetes and HFCS, Diabetes and High Fructose Corn Syrup, Type 2 Diabetes and High Fructose Corn Syrup, Causes of Type 2 Diabetes, National Diabetes Rates

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Early Widespread Activity

2 This Flu Season Could Be Bad Says CDC

This flu season could be a bad one say medical experts who cite an earlier start with widespread activity across the US, particularly in the south and southeast. To date, the percentage of people who sought medical care for flu-like symptoms has reached the national baseline of 2.2%. This is the earliest this has happened in nearly a decade. High levels of flu activity have been reported in AL, LA, MI, TN and TX with 30 states reporting activity ranging from widespread to local, up from 8 states that reported local activity last week, says the CDC. In fact, last year’s flu season started late and experienced an uptick in February, prompting experts to predict a bad flu season. They urge people to get flu shots now saying the key to preventing the flu is getting the shot.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC Urges Everyone to Get Flu Shot

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Flu, Flu Activity, Flu Season, Flu Shot, Flu Vaccine, Influenza, Influenza Vaccine, Influenza Shot

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