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High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring

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igh fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. “We found that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD),” said Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Her team of researchers at Duke, one of eight clinical centers in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, looked at 427 adults enrolled in the network. They analyzed dietary questionnaires collected within three months of the adults’ liver biopsies to determine their high fructose corn syrup intake and its association with liver scarring.

The researchers found only 19 percent of adults with NAFLD reported no intake of fructose-containing beverages, while 52 percent consumed between one and six servings a week and 29 percent consumed fructose-containing beverages on a daily basis.

An increase in consumption of fructose appeared to be correlated to increased liver fibrosis in patients with NAFLD.

“We have identified an environmental risk factor that may contribute to the metabolic syndrome of insulin resistance and the complications of the metabolic syndrome, including liver injury,” Abdelmalek said.

Research Abdelmalek published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2008 showed that, within a small subset of patients, high fructose corn syrup was associated with NAFLD. Her latest research, published online in Hepatology, goes one step further and links high fructose corn syrup to the progression of liver injury.


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Ok, this seems kinda lame to me. Studying people with a liver disease and saying that a lower percent didn't drink it, a high percent drank a fair amount, and a medium percent drank a lot.

First off, a beverage containing HFCS is aka Soda or Pop. You could probably do a study of any type of group and get similar results. Sure if you pick the healthiest people out there then those that didn't drink it would be higher, but does this link it to a disease, fuck no. Do a study on any normal group of people and your likely to see similar results to what these people have seen.

The only directly related "disease" would be obesity, which isn't a disease, it's just lazy people calling it a disease so they don't have to think it's their fault they got fucking fat.

Edit: I would not I'm surprised at the number that said they didn't drink any. Either they didn't realize what a fructose-containing beverage is, or not drinking any makes you more likely to get NAFLD. I doubt a nation wide consensus would show 1 in 5 people never ever drink a pop

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