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Pancreatic cancer cell growth increases with fructose

Posted On Wed, August 4, 2010

High fructose corn syrup has become a staple in many foods regularly consumed by Americans. New Research from the University of California at Los Angeles shows that drinking a can of soda may be more than just harmful to a person's teeth.

The researchers discovered that pancreatic cancer cell growth rate increases with large quantities of fructose. The consumption of HFCS has increased significantly over the past years and is used as the sole sweetener in many American soft drinks, according to the research.

"The bottom line is the modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it’s a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver," said associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery Dr. Anthony Heaney. "In this study, we show that cancers can use fructose just as readily as glucose to fuel their growth."

Even though HFCS is found in a lot of foods, there are things people can do to limit their consumption. The Mayo Clinic suggests that people limit their intake of processed foods and eat canned fruit that is stored in its own juices. Taking such steps to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle may help contribute to lowering one's health and life insurance rates.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19919741-ADNFCR

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