Short-term removal of sugar reduces sugar-to-fat conversion in liver

By EASL August 29,2017

Removing sugar for just 9 days can consistently reduce the liver’s conversion of sugar to fat, known as de novo lipogenesis (DNL), and decreased liver fat, according to study results. The small study, led by Jean-Marc Schwarz (pictured), PhD, of Touro University California, examined the link between obesity, fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes and sugar consumption, by looking into DNL. “Clearly what we observed is that when you move away from fructose and add sugar you have less of conversion of sugar to fat, which comes along with a decrease in liver fat,” Schwarz told MD Magazine. “When you have that decrease, even a small amount of liver fat, that’s enough already to really improve the chances of preventing pre-diabetes and the development of diabetes. A large proportion of the participants went from pre-diabetic to a normalized blood glucose level.”

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