Brooklyn Pediatrician Shares a Study That Shows How Adolescent Brains Process Sugar Differently Than Adults

BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 20, 2014 /  — Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatrics center, responds to an article that focuses on how food is digested in young children and how increased sugar intakes can affect health later on.
An article, “Studies show adolescent brains process sugar differently than adult brains; changes in adipose tissue begin at very young age for obese children”, published by Medical News Today on June 17th,  shares different studies regarding adolescent sugar digestionand its effect on the brain. The Yale School of Medicine conducted a study that compared how the adolescent brain differed from adults as they consumed a glucose drink. It was concluded that adolescents experienced an increase in blood flow in the regions of the brain that produced reward-motivation and decision making. They found in the adult brains, that glucose decreased the blood flow to these regions.
In another study, researchers at the University Children’s Hospital in Leipzig, Germany compared obese children and adolescents and their fat cell composition to the biology of lean children. They found that obese children over the age of six had a higher number of adipose cells than those of the lean children. The study also concluded that those inflamed cells would lead to diabetes and high blood pressure.
Brooklyn pediatrician Dr. Michael Gabriel comments on this study, “It’s important to see how adipose cells differ in lean and overweight children. Intervening early in overweight children to teach them how to live a healthier lifestyle in order to avoid the consequences of poor diet later on in life is key. A simple thing that can be done is limiting sweets and sugary drinks to help reduce these risks.”
GPM Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.
Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, GPM Pediatrics, 855-347-4228,

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