Robert H. Lustig M.D.

About Robert H. Lustig M.D.

Robert Lustig, MD, (Honorary Board Member)
Pediatric Endocrinologist and Professor at UCSF
Robert H. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.[1] He practices in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He also has a special interest in childhood obesity.
Lustig came to public attention through his efforts to establish that fructose can have serious deleterious effects on human (especially children's) health if consumed in too large amounts.[3] On May 26, 2009, he delivered a lecture called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" which was posted on YouTube the following July and "went viral" with some 3.47 million viewings (as of Apr 28, 2013).[3] In his lecture, Lustig calls fructose a "poison" and equates its metabolic effects with those of ethanol.

Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days

Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days, a rigorous new study found.

The Truth About Smoothies

“One current fad is to juice the entire fruit into a “smoothie”. Juice bars have popped up all over the West Coast, ostensibly because juicing is healthy. The problem is that the shearing action of the blender blades completely destroys the insoluble fiber of the fruit. The cellulose is torn to smithereens. While the soluble […]

Obesity in America

It would be one thing if obesity were an isolated problem in America, but it’s happening everywhere. the obesity pandemic has expanded the world’s collective waistline.

An Apple a Day, Doctor’s Orders

The New York Times – How do you fight obesity? One novel idea being used at three health centers in Massachusetts is to provide its patients with ‘prescription produce’, a way to provide healthy fruit and vegetable alternatives to the cheap value menus available from most fast food restaurants.


From birth we are programmed to hunt out foods high in sugar. Our preference for sweet tastes combined with the availability of foods high in sugars or sweeteners has caused an increase in health issues such as obesity and diabetes. What can be done to avoid the disadvantages of a diet high in sugar?

Preventing Inflammation Through Diet

The modern methods of processing and refining foods have resulted in the standard American diet consisting mainly of foods that are high in calories and low in nutrient density. Learn what a beneficial diet can do for you and how you can find foods to better your health.

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