Queen's University Belfast - Sugar's sour effects

April 8, 2010

Researchers studying diet and health have confirmed a link between sugar intake in the teenage years and risk factors for diabetes and heart disease in later life. The findings were outlined by Steven Hunter, honorary senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, at the Diabetes UK annual conference in Liverpool. The work confirmed that teenagers with high intakes of sugar had high blood sugar levels and greater insulin resistance a decade later - both of which can contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. The association was not related to calorific intake, body weight or activity levels, Dr Hunter found.

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