U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Mountain View, CA
A 39-year-old male asked:

Does your body process different sugars differently (eg. glucose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, etc.)?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 43 years experience
With minor: Differences, your body can easily metabolize any sugar. Glucose, fructose and galactose are all simple sugars or monosaccharides. Sucrose, maltose and lactose are all compound sugars or disaccharides. Sucrose is formed as a combination of a molecule of glucose and one of fructose, and they are broken apart by enzymes. All are equal to 4 calories / gram.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Aug 2, 2013


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.