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Fructose Makes Fat Cells Fatter

A laboratory study has found that when fructose is present as children's fat cells mature, it makes more of these cells mature into belly fat, and makes them less able to respond to insulin.

This suggests that high levels of fructose during childhood may lead to an increase in abdominal obesity, which is associated with increased cardiometabolic risk.

According to Eurekalert:

“Fructose, the research team found, had different effects to that of glucose and caused the fat cells to differentiate more -- that is, to form more mature fat cells -- but only in visceral fat ... [M]aturation in fructose decreased the cells' insulin sensitivity ... a characteristic of Type 2 diabetes.”

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