Why is There an Epidemic of Type II (maturity onset) Diabetes in Children?
March 15, 2011 1:04pm CST
High Fructose Corn Syrup, is it the culprit? Along with other food additives that keep you craving MORE? The CDC reports that there is an increase in type two diabetes in children in the last two decades. Along with lack of exercise and genetic predispositon, they cite insulin resistance. This is where HFCS comes in. HFCS increases BMI and abdominal fat, two of the main indicators of insulin resistence. What is insulin resistence or pre diabetes? http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/insulinresistance/#what CDC report on type two diabetes in children. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/4/998.extract?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=type+2+diabetes+in+children+and+adolescents&searchid=1083786462836_6134&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&journalcode=diacar We are in the midst of an epidemic of lack of exercise, of obesity, of the insulin resistance syndrome (IRS), and of diabetes in young persons. The diabetogenic process begins in fetal life, with low birth weight and poor nutrition combining with sedentary lifestyle and dietary factors to produce an insulin-resistant phenotype that may accelerate the development of renal pathology and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Worldwide, the number of persons with diabetes has tripled since 1985. In Australia, 1.7 and 1.4% of persons aged 35–44 and 45–54 years, respectively, had diabetes in 1981, and these rates increased to 2.5 and 6.2% in 2000, suggesting a trend to earlier age of onset of diabetes. If you're like me you want to know why. High Fructose Corn Syrup has gained some attention as being suspect of causing this epidemic as well as a host of other health problems. The corn industry says no, the science says yes. In his groundbreaking book FatLand, Greg Critser breaks down exactly how HFCS is metabolized by the human body. In short, because our bodies have absolutely no way of understanding this highly engineered substance they convert it into storage material and chuck it away hence we are fattened up. The explanation goes like this: glucose molecules, which are the building blocks of sucrose, can be metabolized (used, eaten) by any and every cell in the human body. This is not so with Fructose. It has to be metabolized through the liver. Hence, your liver ends up releasing triglycerides into your bloodstream and generally has trouble dealing with this weird substance. Fructose, which used to be advised for diabetics because it did not stimulate insulin production, really does appear to do a lot of fancy footwork with enzymes and other hormones, too. It does not allow the release of the hormone that tells the brain you are full. Hence, you overeat. Documentary titled KING CORN and how agrabusiness is REALLY feeding us. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/kingcorn/getinvolved.html Here's a bit of the study on HFCS published in the Journel of Clinical Investigation: Total and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volumes were not significantly changed in subjects consuming glucose; however, subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) volume was significantly increased. In contrast, both total abdominal fat and VAT volume were significantly increased in subjects consuming fructose In subjects consuming glucose, fasting small dense LDL (sdLDL) concentrations (Figure 3, C and D) initially decreased at 2 weeks and were not different from baseline at 10 weeks. In contrast, fasting sdLDL concentrations increased progressively in subjects consuming fructose. sdLDL was the lipid parameter most affected by preexisting metabolic syndrome risk factors (MSRF), with increases during fructose consumption more than 2-fold greater in subjects with 3 MSRF than in subjects with 0 to 2 MSRF (Supplemental Table 7). Fasting oxidized LDL concentrations did not change in subjects consuming glucose but increased in subjects consuming fructose. http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37385 Yet they still insist its healthy. http://www.sweetsurprise.com/myths-and-facts/top-hfcs-myths Please tell me why it is that we are simply not told the truth? As in all things, follow the money. The corn industry has lobbied and won. I want you to think on that. MONEY means more than human life and suffering.
• United States
15 Mar 11
You're right about that--money and politics win every time. One way we could combat this is to slow down and simplify. Who needs a 3500 sq ft house for a family of 3 or 4? Get a house half the size for half the price and live closer together. Then mom can stay home and raise the kids and make sure they have the food that's healthy, not just convenient. Hey, I know that would be unpopular but until we slow down and simplify we will keep having problems like diabetes, alienated children, parents who have no time to enjoy and relate to their kids and broken homes. It's not a cure-all but I think it would help. Until then, people should be raising a stink about our government and the way it puts money and political influence above the needs of the people that IT WORKS FOR--supposedly.