Showing insulin resistance is one of the first signs of developing type 2 diabetes.
Scientists undertaking a new animal study at Yale University have found that a specific gene ‘PGC-1 beta’ seems to play an important role in developing insulin resistance when rats were fed with a high fructose diet.
Scientists blocked the gene, and found that the rats didn’t develop resistance.
The report, in the journal Cell Metabolism, explains that some studies have shown that fructose is metabolized in the human body differently to glucose, and is more readily converted into fat.
Other studies have shown that high fructose diets also seem to lead to increased levels of blood fat, and liver fat.