Diet Coke And Diabetes Blood Sugar

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An Unintended Consequence Of Diet Soda: Disrupting Friendly Bacteria And Raising Blood Sugar

Diet drinks may have zero calories but those artificial sweeteners are not necessarily sliding through your digestive system unnoticed. According to new research, sugar substitutes can change the guest list at that bacterial party in your intestines known as your microbiota. The researchers who made the finding say that in mice, at least, this disturbance in the internal ecosystem actually raised blood sugar, thus defeating the purpose of these products by increasing risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity. The findings, released today in the Journal Nature, add to a growing understanding that our internal communities of symbiotic bacteria have a profound influence on metabolism and immunity. “It’s a neglected organ,” said the lead researcher on the paper, Eran Elinav, an immunologist with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He said he thinks of the human microbiota as a complex ecosystem with thousands of species and sub-species. While bacterial cells are small, they far outnumber those cells we think of as ours. The new results may finally offer an explanation for previous observations and studies showing that people who used a lot of artificial sweeteners don’t alw Continue reading >>

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  1. NewLife123

    Originally Posted by ronpfid
    That's wild, now me, I'm a rebel, I'd try it several more times, I'd have to know!
    I drink diet Mt. Dew and have zero bad effects, but I also drink coffee too, so I get more than my share of caffeine every day I don't think it was the caffeine. I do drink tea, which has caffeine; I also eat 85% cocoa chocolate, with no ill effects other than not being able to fall asleep until 1 am if consumed in the evening.
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  2. moli24

    I never had a problem with mine going up..I use to drink Diet coke 3-4 times a day , but now just have one once in a while, but it doesn't raise my BG.

  3. Uff Da

    I don't drink diet Coke often enough to even remember. I do drink diet Dr. Pepper. It doesn't affect my blood sugar, but it does raise my blood pressure more than tea does. Yet tea, according to the charts, has more caffeine in it than the diet soda. And I typically drink several cups of tea a day.
    I have a problem with postprandial hypotension - my blood pressure drops, often as much as 40 points, after I eat. If it drops too low, drinking a diet Dr. Pepper will typically raise it 10-20 points systolic.

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