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The Search For What Triggers Type 1 Diabetes

(CNN)People are often surprised to learn that Shelby Payne has type 1 diabetes -- because her identical twin sister, Sydney, does not. "Everyone's like, 'Wow, how in the world does (my sister) not have it?' " said Payne, 23, who once played forward on Stanford's soccer team, like her sister. "They can't really fathom it." Though experts agree that genetics influence who gets type 1 diabetes, Payne's story suggests that something other than genes must also be at play. And some researchers are focusing in on one family of viruses in particular. A new study from Finland joins decades of research suggesting that enteroviruses, which include over 100 individual virus types, may play a key role in triggering type 1 diabetes, which has no cure. In autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, the immune system backfires. Antibodies, small proteins that attack unwelcome guests like bacteria and viruses, in rare cases attack one's own cells. In Payne's case, those happen to be the insulin-producing cells of her pancreas. Without the ability to produce insulin, Payne has to work tirelessly to monitor her blood sugar levels. "You can't even turn off for five minutes," she said. "I have this bi Continue reading >>

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  1. leslie10152

    Lately I have heard a lot of stories about Aspartame being detremental to diabetics. I myself have been using Equal for quite time and have not displayed any signs of raised blood glucose or other effects.
    Aspartame itself is composed of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. It is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, eg: 190 milligrams of aspartame is equivalent to 40 grams of sugar (680 kilojoules). Both aspartic acid and phenylalanine are found in protein foods such as eggs, meat, fish, dairy products and nuts.
    I am as yet, unable to locate a valid argument against the use of aspartame by diabetics. But then the decision is yours. The internet is not the most accurate source for infomation, it is better to search proven documented sources to determine the true nature of a product.

  2. tim2000s

    Hi @leslie10152 - this is a topic that has raised temperatures multiple times on the forum. Have a look at these for some idea:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/concerned-about-aspartame.80763/
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/is-aspartame-safe.111843/
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/aspartame.46426/
    Suffice to say that there's masses of debate but little evidence against it.

  3. Mep

    I can no longer use sweeteners of any sort as if I do my bladder lets me know about it with a lot of pain. To me that is a good sign it's not good for anyone.... although I do happen to have an inflammatory disease of my bladder. So my guess is sweeteners like sugar probably cause inflammation or at least irritate inflamed things (I have an inflamed bladder). When I did drink drinks with aspartame though I did notice it raised my BGLs. I'm not sure I'd be the only one. I know it doesn't for others. I guess we're all different. I tend to talk from my own experience.,.. what science says may well be another thing. I've read articles before on how aspartame isn't good.... but then people either love it or they don't I guess.

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