Sweetened Drinks Spell Hormone Trouble for Women

A population-based cohort study found that women consuming even modest amounts of fructose from sugar-sweetened beverages are more likely to have elevated androgen levels, with implications for conditions such as acne and hirsutism. The study included 136,384 individuals and found that consuming at least 10g/day of fructose from sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to lower SHBG levels and higher free testosterone levels in women, as well as a higher risk for hyperandrogenism. The study also found that a genetic variant impairing fructose metabolism was associated with lower risk for acne and hyperandrogenism in women. The authors indicate that eliminating the 10g/day of fructose from sugar-sweetened beverages is an easily implementable dietary change with potential health benefits. The study was led by Huadong Chen and published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

Source link