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Doctor insights on: Fructose Alcohol Metabolism

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How does alcohol affect body's metabolism or calcium level?

How does alcohol affect body's metabolism or calcium level?

Depends: Social alcohol use would have little or no effect on either basal metabolism or calcium levels. Chronic heavy use of alcohol can cause damage to the thyroid gland and result in low thyroid, which can lower basal metabolism, and also can damage vitamin d absorption. In addition, heavy alcohol users may not take in enough calcium, and can get "brittle" bones and other findings of low calcium. ...Read more

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Fructose (Definition)

Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants (fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and honey). Fructose is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Since 1970 high fructose corn syrup has been increasingly used in the food industry. Excess fructose consumption has been linked to Insulin resistance, obesity, metabolic ...Read more


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I know that drinking alcohol decreases your metabolism. Does weed have the same effect ?

I know that drinking alcohol decreases your metabolism. Does weed have the same effect ?

No: There is no consensus that alcohol reduces metabolism in most people - only the heaviest drinkers, many of whom are vitamin deficient and have thyroid damage really have lower basal metabolism rate. I am not aware of anything implicating marijuana in changes in metabolic rate. ...Read more

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Companies market light alcohol drinks as a healthier alternative. Is this true and do low alcohol calorie drinks slow down your metabolism.?

It depends: Alcohol has about 8 kcal of energy compared to sugar with about 4kcal of energy. So it could be that a drink with lower alcohol could be considered safer because it had less alcohol and hence prevented unnecessary weight gain or other complications. Alcohol is a sedative so it can be argued it helps slow down metabolism. This is marketing! lite beer has likely killed a lot of people. ...Read more

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Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Possibly: Since alcohol is primarily metabolized by the liver, when the liver malfunctions because of cirrhosis this may result in higher blood alcohol levels than in people with normal livers. ...Read more

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I know that drinking alcohol decreases the metabolism. Does smoking weed have the same effect?

I know that drinking alcohol decreases the metabolism. Does smoking weed have the same effect?

See below : I am not really sure what you mean by alcohol reducing metabolism. It clearly reduces intestinal motion and function in certain parts of the brain. Its overall effect on metabolic rate is not much. Marijuana also reduces function in certain areas of the brain but has little impact on metabolic rate. ...Read more