October 14, 2014

Why It Doesn’t Fatten Everyone

1 We Don’t All Metabolize Fructose the Same

Overconsumption of fructose, primarily in high-fructose corn syrup, clearly seems to contribute to obesity and diabetes in the general population but not to every individual in that population, and Harvard Med School researchers may have discovered why. A specific hormone called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) increases notably and consistently when fructose is consumed, but this increase is greatest in obese individuals. The implications are that people metabolize fructose differently, and that those whose FGF21 levels rise the most run the greatest risk of obesity and its attendant health problems. The hope is to develop a test for individual FGF21 response which would identify those most susceptible to the negative health consequences of fructose consumption.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: High Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Weight Gain

Tags: How Fructose Causes Obesity, Metabolizing High-Fructose Corn Syrup, HFCS and Obesity, FGF21 and Obesity, Fructose and Hormones

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When in Doubt, Throw It Out

2 Colorado Parents Fear Pot Candy for Halloween

Colorado state officials voted on emergency measures to combat overdoses from edible pot that has resulted in ER visits by kids who had unknowingly ingested the drug. The rules will require products to have child-proof packaging and clearly printed health warning labels before being shipped to stores. But the law doesn’t go into effect until the day after Halloween leaving parents wary that their child may end up with pot-laced candy in their trick-or-treat bag. In response to parents’ worries, the Denver PD has released a video outlining the dangers kids may face as well as a podcast addressing parents’ concerns. Their advice? If it doesn’t look right, throw it away. Talk to your kids about your concerns and be vigilant about inspecting their Halloween bags before they eat any candy.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Marijuana Suppresses Immune System

Tags: Colorado Marijuana Laws, Halloween, Marijuana, Pot-Laced Candy, Colorado Police Department

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