Diet and Diabetes – The Impact of High Fructose Corn Syrup

For anyone living with diabetes, you have probably been counseled on how and what you eat.  Adult onset diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes, occurs when the body can no longer properly maintain blood sugar levels.  While many the molecular details have not been completely elicited, this type of diabetes can be described as your pancreas becoming lazy.  Cells within this organ are the ones that release insulin, the prime regulator of carbohydrate metabolism, i.e. blood sugars, in your body.  In early and later stages of the disease, this organ does not respond properly to you bodies cues and ultimately can fail.


We cannot emphasize the importance of proper sugar control enough if you have noticed from our previous blogs.   When blood sugars are high, the blood vessels and nerves supplied by them become damaged.  These vessels and nerves in your hands, feet, kidneys, and eyes are some of the smallest in your body and thus the first ones affected by this disease.  For this reason, anyone diagnosed with diabetes is recommended to see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and podiatrist (foot doctor) once a year in addition of frequent visits with their primary care doctor. The American Diabetes Association outlines the entirety of your healthcare team.


A recent study was published in Endocrine Today, a publication focused on specialists dealing with metabolism.  Because diabetes is a disease of metabolism we see at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, we watch for news pertinent to our patients. This study found that all other measurements of body weight, diet, etcetera, countries that allowed high fructose corn syrup to be used in food products have a 20% higher incidence of diabetes within their population!  Every person responds different to foods and sugars, but this study points to one particular food additive that can especially tax the body.  While it will take further studies before the FDA takes steps to address it, you do not have to have pre-diabetes or diabetes in order to eat better.   Make it a point to take a look at the nutritional information on the foods you eat.  Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet and avoid sugary or processed foods.  A conscious effort to eat better now can pay dividends in the future.


Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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Diabetes is a very tough disease to care for. You have to make huge changes in your diet and also carefully monitor and maintain your disease.
by Diet for diabetes May 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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