ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
CANCER
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
CAREGIVING
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Smog Tougher on the Obese
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
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Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk

MONDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- Fructose-sweetened soft drinks and other beverages can have a negative effect on the body's sensitivity to insulin and its ability to handle fats, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.

But glucose-sweetened beverages don't have that kind of impact, the study found.

The research included overweight and obese volunteers who for 10 weeks drank either fructose- or glucose-sweetened beverages that supplied 25 percent of their energy needs. During the study period, participants in both groups gained about the same amount of weight, but those who drank fructose-sweetened beverages showed an increase in intra-abdominal fat.

The researchers, from University of California, Davis, also found that those in the fructose group became less sensitive to insulin, which controls glucose levels in the body, and showed signs of dyslipidemia -- elevated blood levels of fat-soluble molecules called lipids.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Decreased sensitivity to insulin and dyslipidemia are signs of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of heart attack. But whether consuming large amounts of fructose increases heart attack risk over the long-term isn't known, according to the authors of an accompanying commentary.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about metabolic syndrome.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Investigation, news release, April 20, 2009

Last Updated: April 20, 2009

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