Investigators warn about the dangers of added sugars

High fructose corn syrup and other added sugars are increasingly becoming a part of many Americans' everyday lives. However, scientists are beginning to warn consumers that excessive intake of these sugars may lead to many health complications, including type 2 diabetes.

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado reviewed recent scientific findings on the connection between added sugars like fructose and metabolic conditions. Their findings, which were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest that the effect of these sugars may be worse than previously thought.

"Science shows us there is a potentially negative impact of excessive amounts of sugar and high fructose corn syrup on cardiovascular and kidney health," said Richard Johnson, who led the study. "Excessive fructose intake could be viewed as an increasingly risky food and beverage additive."

He added that physicians should be more proactive in advising their patients who are being treated for cardiovascular problems, kidney disease and diabetes to stay away from food and beverages with added high fructose corn syrup.