Do Diet Soft Drinks Affect Blood Sugar?

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Affect Blood Sugar?

Last week, I started an experiment to better understand how different foods and lifestyle choices impact blood sugar, using a constant-glucose-monitoring device. Today, I’m sharing the results of the first experiment: Do artificial sweeteners affect my blood sugar levels? While the answer may seem obvious – artificial sweeteners contain no sugar – some people still believe there may be an effect. For example, artificial sweeteners could potentially under some circumstances affect insulin levels, indirectly affecting blood sugar and ketone levels. Planning the experiment We designed the following experiment: I would drink a 17 oz (0.5 liters) sugar-free, artificially-sweetened, beverage in 15 minutes. Then, for the next two hours, I would observe my blood-sugar levels using the Dexcom G5 mobile app. To increase the reliability of the experiment, I made sure of four things: 1. That the soda I drank would be caffeine free. 2. That I didn’t eat or drink anything, nor do any form of exercise, 2 hours prior to and after drinking the soda. 3. That my blood sugar was relatively stable for at least 30 minutes before drinking the soda. 4. That I would do the same test at least twice. Continue reading >>

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    Is Diet Soda OK for Diabetics?

    Susan shares some great information on research around diet soda in her latest article: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-artic....
    What are your thoughts? Is diet soda a "do" or a "don't" for you? Any interesting research to share on the topic?

  2. sickpuppy

    Since I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic I have noticed my appetite has subsided considerably. In fact I have lost over 50 lbs in the first 7 or 8 months. One soda with the evening meal or substitute with a sugar free lemon aid seems to satisfy the sweet tooth in me.

  3. edyep3

    Thanks for sharing the information about diet drinks.You answered some questions I had concerning this—-will start using a straw too.I'm glad you have this"connection"on Facebook.

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