Okay, here is a fast tutorial for those that do not really understand what the body does with sugar. (without too much science.)
1. When sugar enters the body either by what we drink, or eat, our body begins the process of breaking down the sugars.. Table sugar is called Sucrose, which the body must break down into Glucose. Glucose is then used by the body for energy.
2. High fructose corn syrup is made of two types of sugars, Glucose and Fructose. The body has to break down these components first before it can use it as energy, Fructose takes longer for the body to break down into glucose because it has to go through more processes in the body to be converted into glucose.
3. Insulin which is a hormone produced in the pancreas goes into the blood system and takes the glucose and acts like a key to open the cells for the glucose to be used as energy. When there are not enough "keys" insulin, the body has to then send the glucose back into the liver where it is then converted into fat which then is stored for later use.
4. Sugar is not the only reason why our bodies blood glucose levels raise, caffeine is also a contributing factor to our blood glucose levels. Science has proven that the consumption of Caffeine raises our blood sugars, which again in the case of diabetics, ( I am diabetic type 2.) our bodies can't produce enough insulin "keys" for the body to use the glucose.
5. Stress is another contributor to our blood glucose levels. The body can also produce its own glucose through the liver, however again, when the body dose not have enough insulin, the body can't use the glucose, and it is then sent back into storage.
High fructose corn syrup is hidden in our food, Bread, processed canned foods such as pasta and pasta sauce; and some are right there in our face as in soda. What we have to be aware of is, if we are drinking those energy drinks, they are glucose based, and extra caffeine. These drinks are popular with teens especially cause they give them a boost of energy, however they are over working the bodies own ability to process the glucose. Which can lead to gaining weight and diabetes.
I am not a doctor, nor do I have a scientific background. I just have learned many things about my condition by reading, and living with this unfortunate condition.