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“Is Fructose Hazardous to Your Health?” Asks New Continuing Dental Education Course

April  11, 2013

A new continuing education course at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will spotlight fructose's role in America's obesity epidemic, dental caries and other health concerns. Hosted by the school's Continuing Dental Education division, "Is Fructose Addictive and Hazardous to your Health?" will feature insights from renowned guest lecturer Dr. Robert Lustig. The event will take place on Thursday, April 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the dental school's San Francisco campus.

Dentists were the first to call out fructose as a contributor to dental caries, but its harmful effects on the human body go beyond tooth decay. This course will give attendees a thorough overview of this common yet problematic additive, including why sugar is added to virtually all processed foods; the association of insulin resistance and weight gain; how sugar acts in the liver; its contribution to aging; its effects on a dental patient's oral health; and more.  

A professor of pediatric endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital, Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist interested in the current obesity epidemic in children and adults. He graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. Lustig has written extensively on childhood obesity, most recently in his book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease."  

This continuing education course is $75 for dentists and allied dental professionals. Registration fee includes a light snack and participants will receive two units of continuing education credit. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend this course for a fee of $75 as well. Sign up for the course at the Continuing Dental Education division's registration page.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu