Friday, May 8, 2009

Diabetes: More than just sugar overload?

High fructose corn syrup is doubly problematic, he says, because it fails to stimulate leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full) and doesn't lessen ghrelin (a hormone that makes you hungry).

I walk every day, eat a healthful diet, and have no diabetes in my immediate family. I'm not model skinny (truth be told, I've been known to pack on a few extra pounds), but I'm certainly not a couch potato or junk food addict. So, imagine my surprise when a routine blood test showed that my blood sugar was elevated and I was officially prediabetic.

Prediabetic, meaning I have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that put me at risk of developing diabetes, the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Yikes!

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