How does fructose effect kidney function?

Fructose is a type of sugar molecule or sugar present in sucrose, honey, high-fructose and fruits. This fructose is natural in fresh fruits, giving them their sweetness. Due to this, most people consider fructose as natural, probably thought that all type of fructose products is healthy than the added sugar in soft drinks consumed today.

Fructose effects on kidney

However, fructose has a very low glycemic index, in other words, it contains minimal impacts on your blood glucose levels. Because of this facts, it has made it become popular sweetener with people on low-glycemic as well as low-carbohydrates diets, which works in minimizing blood glucose levels in order to also minimize insulin release.

Fructose is actually sweet, but fruit contains relatively small amounts, which provides your body with just a little bit of the sugar it can handle easily. If people consume only fructose in fruit and honey as our ancestors before us, your body would easily process it without much problems thereby resulting in no kidney disease and failure.

Unfortunately, our traditional Western diet is has excessive fructose, which you can find in all most all processed foods, such as baked goods, soda pop, crackers, canned goods, and many others products. This cases overload in your body. The intake of fructose has drastically increased during the period of past few decades according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A recent study conducted in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation according to suggests that people who has chronic kidney disease should keep off by avoiding a food as well beverage with high fructose corn syrup or fructose.

I know that anytime you think of fructose, you probably relate it to kidney disease, but according to Dr. Richard Johnson, MD, who is also author of The Sugar Fix as well as professor in the Division of Renal Diseases at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said that high fructose intake contributes to hypertension and kidney disease. When fructose is metabolized in the liver, the byproduct of the metabolic process is known as uric acid. The uric acid increases when more fructose is being metabolized. Uric acid causes kidney damage, by directly affecting it and also causes high blood pressure.

Do you know why it’s really bad on your kidney? The first clue pointed out that high fructose intake is linked to elevated blood pressure. Although studies performed in both humans and rodents have proved this effect

Dr. Johnson with his team conducted a team research that compared the effect of a high fructose vs. glucose diet on kidney function in rats. The results actually proved that the high fructose diet accelerated kidney disease progression.

You must keep in mind that high doses of fructose and high intake of added sugars are related to kidney problems. According to Dr. Johnson, the small amounts of fructose which is present in fresh fruit is not likely or cannot cause health problems, because such fruits are loaded with protective nutrients including,  antioxidants, vitamin C, phenols and potassium according to Dr. Johnson.

Consumption of sugary product actually causes kidney disease based on most researches conducted so far. So high fructose intake from added sugar foods really links to excess obesity and calorie intake. Cut down on your added sugar intake, only if you want to lower the risk of kidney disease.

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