Although both conditions are treated with a fructose-free diet, fructose malabsorption and fructose intolerance are two different diseases. Fructose intolerance is an inherited condition in which the body lacks the enzyme to process fructose. Fructose malabsorption is when the body does not process fructose efficiently; fructose malabsorption symptoms are similar to those of irritable bowel syndrome. People with fructose malabsorption can eat or drink small amounts of fructose without severe symptoms; people with fructose intolerance, on the other hand, should avoid all fructose.
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Is fructose malabsorption the same as fructose intolerance?
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What is the relationship between nutrition and coronary heart disease?
Your diet can play a critical role in reducing your risk of heart disease. One study found that people ages 70 to 90 who ate a heart-friendly diet rich in wholesome carbs and healthy fats (along with increased exercise) had a 65 percent to 73 percent lower rate of death from all chronic disease, including heart disease.
Foods full of unhealthy fats and sugars can cause inflammation and plaque buildup in your arteries, a ripe recipe for a heart attack or stroke. The right diet can help keep your arteries clear and work to cut your risk.
What is structural heart disease?
Structural heart disease is any abnormality, or defect, of the heart muscle or the heart valves. You may have heard of congenital heart disease. This is any structural heart disease that is present at birth; that is, it occurs during the formation of the heart as a fetus develops.
Structural heart disease can also be acquired later in life. It may occur as a result of an infection in the heart, from damage during a heart attack, or because of decreased valve functioning with age. (Your heart has four valves that direct blood flow through each of the four chambers of your heart.)
Common types of structural heart disease include heart valve problems (valve leaking, or regurgitation, and valve stiffening, called stenosis) and defects in the septum - a wall of muscle separating the left side of the heart from the right side. If left untreated, severe forms of structural heart disease can eventually lead to heart failure.
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