Avoiding sugary beverages is an important part of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels for people with diabetes and those who are at risk for it. While some forego drinking soda altogether, others opt for diet sodas, which get their flavor from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. Artificially sweetened diet sodas typically have no calories, so they were once believed to have no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels. But mounting evidence suggests that while consuming artificially sweetened beverages doesn’t raise blood sugar in the short term, it can negatively affect the body in other unexpected ways, including increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here’s What You Need to Know. Drinking diet soda has long been recommended as a strategy for reducing calorie intake while still enjoying sweet-tasting beverages. However, artificial sweeteners may change how the body absorbs real sugar in the long run. According to a September study published in Diabetes Care, artificial sweeteners have been linked to insulin resistance, a condition caused by chronic high blood sugars. Insulin resistance increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes.
I’ve heard that artificial sweeteners increase the risk of developing insulin resistance. Is that true? Are some types worse than others? You’ve asked a question scientists are still working to answer. Studies of artificial sweeteners are mixed, with some indicating that people using them eat fewer calories and lose weight or maintain a stable weight. However, in a few studies, artificial sweeteners were associated with weight gain, which might increase the risk of developing insulin resistance—a condition in which body cells do not respond properly to insulin and thus cannot easily absorb glucose from the blood-stream. To get a better idea of how artificial sweeteners actually affect a person’s metabolism, researchers have conducted studies in which people drink artificially sweetened beverages and then undergo a glucose tolerance test— a measure of how efficiently the body uses sugar. Two recent studies have found that beverages containing sucralose Splenda and acesulfame potassium Sunett, Sweet One increased insulin levels, while drinking water didn’t.
Providing cutting-edge scholarly communications to worldwide, enabling them to utilize available resources effectively. We aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of editorial and publishing polices. Richard J Bloomer. E-mail : rbloomer memphis. Shelby A Peel. Ryan G Moran. John J MacDonnchadh. Artificial sweeteners are commonplace in foods and beverages; perhaps most notably in diet sodas.