Cutting Fructose From Kids’ Diets Can Drastically Reduce Liver Fat In Short Period
The prevalence of fatty liver disease has doubled in the past 20 years and is thought to cause a number of disorders by increasing insulin resistance.
The Mercury News:
Bay Area Study: Liver Fat In Kids Reduced When Fructose Cut
Just nine days of cutting out fructose — the kind of sugar found in soft drinks, fruit juices and most processed foods — led to an unprecedented reduction in liver fat, a condition strongly linked to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a new Bay Area-based study shows. Scientists at Touro University in Vallejo and UC San Francisco who recorded a 20 percent drop in liver fat in children and adolescents they studied say the results offer a strategy that could slow the soaring global increase in chronic metabolic diseases. (Seipel, 8/28)
In other kids' health news —
Pediatricians Group Urges Doctors To Study Up On Herbs, Supplements, Yoga
Pediatricians should be familiar with evidence-based non-Western treatments parents are using for their children so they can offer advice about safe, effective and age-appropriate use of such things as herbal medicines, acupuncture and yoga, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending. The recommendations are in a new Academy clinical report that aims to help doctors navigate the popular but sometimes murky world of "complementary therapies." (Plevin, 8/29)