Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
30 October 2015 07:53
Researchers found restricting children's sugar intake made them healthier
Cutting sugar intake can have dramatic health benefits even when no weight is lost, new research suggests.
Scientists in the US asked a group of more than 40 obese nine to 18 year-olds to follow a sugar-restricted diet for nine days.
Although their meals contained the same level of fat, protein and calories as their normal diets, the children's blood pressure and cholesterol levels went down.
The research team says their findings suggest that although sugar is metabolically harmful, it is not because of the calories it contains.
The team examined the impact that cutting back people's sugar intake has on metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that can raise the chances of Type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Diabetes can restrict people's lifestyles but it need not rule out holidays, thanks to the diabetes travel insurance policies which can provide cover.
All the children taking part in the study were obese and suffering from at least one other chronic disorder like high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, excess fat on the waistline or high levels of blood glucose.
Their diets excluded added sugar but included fruit while the carbohydrates the children normally got from sugar were replaced by pasta and cereals. If the children's weight began going down they were given extra carbohydrates to keep it stable.
The meal plans meant the proportion of sugar in the children's diets was cut to 10% from 28%.
As a result, the research team from the University of California San Francisco and Touro University found the children benefited from lower blood pressure, decreased cholesterol levels and better liver function.
The youngsters' insulin levels also went down by a third while their fasting blood glucose levels dropped by five points.
The study is published in the Obesity journal.
The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the last 20 years and now stands at almost four million. It is estimated that around five million people will have diabetes by 2025.
Even more people have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are above the normal range.
24 February 2017
Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
23 February 2017
Bowel cancer could be cut by more than a third amid the development of a one-off screening test, new research suggests.
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.