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Sugary soft drinks may increase risk of kidney stones

People who reported drinking the most sugar-sweetened beverages were the most likely to have kidney stones. Those who drank one or more sugar-sweetened colas a day had a 23 percent higher risk than those who drank them once a week.

 

This is not a conclusive or comprehensive study, but it appears to demonstrate a link between soda and kidney stones.

 

 

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Does Fructose Fuel Cancer? - Vital Choice

Does Fructose Fuel Cancer? - Vital Choice | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Scientists reviewed the evidence that links fructose to cancer, and affirmed that “Fructose intake is associated with increased risk of pancreatic and small intestinal cancers, and possibly others … [it] is associated with more aggressive cancer behavior and may promote metastasis.” (Port AM et al. 2012)

 

The average American consumes more than 65 lbs of high fructose corn syrup per year. Though there is some fructose in fruits, for example, the most potent and dangerous sources are processed food and sweetened drinks.

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It's Not Just Salt: Sugar Boosts Blood Pressure, Too

It's Not Just Salt: Sugar Boosts Blood Pressure, Too | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Reducing sugary drinks, even just a few ounces a day, reduces your risk of blood pressure problems.

 

A study in 2010 found that decreasing the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (already-known culprits of weight gain) lead to a reduction in blood pressure.

 

Elevations in blood pressure increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Even a slight reduction, which could be achieved by cutting out 12 oz of sugary beverages per day, can make a difference in terms of heart health risk.

 

Scientists aren't certain why sugar affects blood pressure. One possible explanation is that sugar irritates the artery walls, which may prompts an increase in pressure.

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Sugar Makes You Dumb

Sugar Makes You Dumb | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It’s pretty much that simple.

 

Sugar reduces plasticity in the brain and makes it harder to learn and remember. From children growing up with high levels of fructose, to college students with snacks and studies, to adults using sweetened convenient foods and trying to get ahead, everyone can be held back by sugar.

The good news is that omega-3 fats have been shown to help counteract the cognitive damage brought on by sugar.


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Insulin “docking“ breakthrough could lead to better diabetes treatments

Insulin “docking“ breakthrough could lead to better diabetes treatments | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Despite decades of study, scientists remained unsure as to how insulin binds to the insulin receptor on the surface of cells to allow them to take up sugar from the blood and transform it into energy.

 

Now, a definitive answer has now been found with a team of scientists capturing the first three-dimensional images of insulin “docking” to its receptor.

 

It is hoped that the new knowledge can be exploited to develop new and improved insulin medications to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

 

 

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Scientists announce new treatment for type II diabetes

Scientists announce new treatment for type II diabetes | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Scientists have announced a new method of treating and preventing type II diabetes.

 

The new treatment focuses on VEGF-B, a protein within the body that affects how fat is transported and stored. Using an antibody/drug known as 2H10, the scientists were able to block the signaling of VEGF-B in mice and rats, which subsequently kept fat from accumulating in the “wrong” areas of the animals – namely their muscles, blood vessels and hearts.

 

The paper for this researched was published in Nature on Sept 26:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11464.html

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Scientists create artificial vascular networks using sugar

Scientists create artificial vascular networks using sugar | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Scientists have created artificial vascular networks for use in lab-grown organs, using sugar.

 

Before large three-dimensional human organs can be grown, scientists must figure out a reliable way of incorporating blood vessels into them – if the lab-grown organs simply take the form of a block of cells, the cells on the inside won’t be able to receive any nutrients, and will die.

 

Now, a team from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT has devised a way of building such vessels, using sugar. The scientists use a relatively inexpensive open-source RepRap 3D printer, which extrudes molten sugar...

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5 So-Called Health Foods You Should Avoid

5 So-Called Health Foods You Should Avoid | Longevity science | Scoop.it

When baked, reduced-fat and multi-grain don’t equal healthy... water and other unhealthy snacks.


Sometimes the food industry creates a food that sounds healthy, but is not truly a good choice for your diet. For example:

 

*Multi-grain is often not whole-grain.

*Water with additives may even contain sugar or empty health claims.

*Reduced-fat peanut butter usually means ‘added sugar’ peanut butter.

 

Learn more about the 5 “Health Foods” you should avoid.

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