Are Sugar Substitutes Good For Diabetics?

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe For People With Diabetes?

As diabetes educators, we are frequently asked if sugar substitutes are safe and which ones are best. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Over time, there have been many sugar substitutes, and we always tell people that the one you use is a personal choice. They are safe for people with diabetes, and they can be used to reduce both your calorie and carbohydrate intake. Sugar substitutes also can help curb those cravings you have for something sweet. Youll find artificial sweeteners in diet drinks , baked goods, frozen desserts, candy, light yogurt and chewing gum. You can also find them as stand-alone sweeteners to add to coffee, tea , cereal and fruit. Some are also available for cooking and baking. Its important to remember that only a small amount is needed since the sweetening power of these substitutes is (at least) 100 times stronger than regular sugar. There are currently six artificial sweeteners that have been tested and approved by the FDAor placed on the agencys Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list. Numerous scientific studies Continue reading >>

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  1. jr991

    I have been having some pretty unusual medical symptoms for the last several years which I don't believe are diabetic in nature but something that I am experiencing can't be described any better than the feeling of hypoglycemic symptoms however I always have normal blood glucose levels whenever I check. I get this weak, jittery feeling and almost feel like I begin sweating, and feel the need to eat something with sugar in it. I am getting this feeling pretty well every day and it usually begins as the day progresses. I remember getting this feeling here and there when I was a kid. Does this sound like hypoglycemia symptoms and can a person suffer these symptoms but have normal blood glucose?
    Just looking for some more info on this.

  2. Lanie G

    Welcome Jeff. I'm sorry about these episodes. I have more questions than answers. You know that we're not doctors here, so we can only tell you from our own experience or knowledge.
    - If you've taken your own blood sugar during one of those episodes, what was it? What has your blood sugar been at other times?
    - Are you taking any medication? Could it be that? Herbal supplements?
    - Have you experienced anxiety or panic attacks? Been treated for depression?
    - How's your blood pressure? Have you had any heart tests?
    Have you told your doctor about these strange symptoms? You might need some tests or lab tests. I don't know anything about Lyme disease. The best place to start is to write all this down including what you've eaten and what you've been doing before these episodes and show your notes to a doctor.
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  3. jr991

    Hi Lanie, thanks for your reply. When I take my own blood sugar during these episodes it can range anywhere from 3.5 to 6, it all depends. When I get my glucose checked with blood work it is usually in the 5's after fasting.
    I'm taking lots of herbal supplements now to combat other symptoms but I have experienced this feeling prior to taking those. In the past I have experience anxiety and panic attacks but this isn't that. I've been anxiety free for quite some time now and anxiety is a feeling I know too much about from the past. I have normal heart function, and blood pressure if more times than not on the lower end of the scale.
    Thats a good idea about keeping a diet journal... I will have to do that.
    thanks again.

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5 Best Sugar Substitutes : Healthy Sugar Substitutes - VitaLife Show 303 https://youtu.be/iCBEHVKhsFc Episode 303 In todays episode Dr. Janine Bowring, ND shares with us her 5 best sugar substitutes. These recommendations are the best sugar alternatives to your regular sweetener. Table sugar is a common sweetener we use or consume on a daily basis, most sugar used worldwide is made from genetically modified corn and sometimes beets. High fructose corn syrup is commonly used and hidden in almost every processed food, not to mention it is super high on the glycemic index, which means that it spikes your insulin levels. Read your labels, not only the nutrition facts but also the ingredient listings and do your best to avoid high fructose corn syrup. If you are looking for a healthier way to sweeten your foods, whether it is adding sweetness to your baked goods, beverages, smoothies, protein shakes, or your coffee/tea here are the 5 best healthy sugar alternatives: 1. Dates, some of the health benefits of dates include that they are super high in fiber, which is good for balancing your blood sugar levels. Dates are high in minerals such as potassium; this helps to decrease those insuli

What People With Diabetes Should Know About Sugar Substitutes

The skinny on diabetic sugar swaps. Overconsumption of sugar is a problem nationwide, though it is especially troublesome for those with diabetes. Over the past two decades, there has been a surge in nonnutritive sweeteners (also known sugar substitutes) designed to help consumers avoid the calories and metabolic response of sugar, and aid in glycemic management. Artificial sweeteners can help diabetics manage their blood glucose while allowing them to consume many of their favorite foods. However, is there a downside to the intensely sweet sugar substitutes? Here, we take a deeper dive to explore the nonnutritive sweeteners available today and their potential negative effects. What Are Nutritive Sweeteners? Nutritive sweeteners such as table sugar, brown sugar, fructose, honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar supply four calories per gram and raise blood glucose levels upon consumption. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest individuals limit their intake of added sugars to account for no more than 10 percent of total daily calories for optimal health. It is imperative that diabetics limit their intake of these sweeteners for blood glucose management and to prevent further dia Continue reading >>

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  1. SwimsWithAFist

    The other thread on hypoglycemia is a very good, informative thread that people should be aware of. I'm starting this new thread to see if anyone out there has experienced a related situation.
    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago. Right around that time (and before I went on glucophage for the diabetes), I came home from practice one night feeling lousy. I checked my glucose level and found it to be 279, which is very high. I continued to test every 15 minutes to half hour to see where it was going and it gradually came down to a normal level. This happened even though I ate a meal after seeing that it was going down (and I felt like I needed food). I never eat for a few hours before a workout, and my glucose levels had been at or near normal for days before this happened.
    After this incident, I started testing immediately before and after a workout and found that my glucose level ALWAYS goes up after a workout, with nothing but water taken in during the workout. I had several times back then where it went over 200. Nowadays it doesn't go that high, but I am taking glucophage now.
    My doctor just shakes her head and says "that's not right, it should go down with a workout". Tell me something I don't know! I saw an endocrinologist that thought that this could be consistent with a delayed insulin response that diabetics have, hence the start of my medication.
    Has anyone else out there seen such a response with their glucose levels?

  2. Conniekat8

    I wonder if dehydration could cause somewhat false test results?
    If there is less water in your blood, then there is an apparent higher concentration of other things in it, relatively speaking.
    Does anyone know how dehydration may affect blood tests?

  3. Conniekat8

    I did a little bit of searching on the net, looks like there is some mention of dehydration affecting blood glucose levels, apparently especially in the type 2 diabetis.
    I found this article kind of interesting:
    Perhaps you will be able to find more literature about that with little more in depth search.

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Sugar Substitutes And Diabetes

Are sugar substitutes a good choice for people with diabetes? Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) or sucralose (Splenda) can be healthy choices for anyone wanting to cut back on sugar and calories -- and that includes people with diabetes. By themselves, most sugar substitutes are "free foods" that won't raise your blood sugar or load you up with calories. "Sugar alcohols" such as mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol -- found in some gums, candies, and baked goods -- don't pack many calories, but they can raise blood sugar. But sugar substitutes aren't a free pass to eat whatever you want. If you're adding a sweetener to your morning cereal or buying artificially sweetened cookies or cakes, you should know that sugar-free foods may still have plenty of calories and carbohydrates. Even if you somehow managed to take every grain of sugar out of your diet, you'd still have to watch what you eat. Rather than diet sodas, for example, you might be better served by a glass of ice water with a squeeze of real lemon. How are sugar substitutes different from real sugar? Some sugar substitutes, including saccharin and aspartame, are man-made chemicals. Others, Continue reading >>

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  1. Young1s

    Sudden Sleepiness

    There are times when shortly after eating or when my BG's are high (like in the 200's) that I get a sudden case of drowsiness. Usually, I can get up and find something to do or take a walk and it passes. But there are those times when all I can do is to just give in and fall asleep. Something tells me this isn't a good idea but I really can't help myself sometimes. Is this safe? Should I be concerned about this?

  2. kimcavett

    I worry about this too. I do get drowsie behind the wheel and it scares me.

  3. jigsaw

    Is high blood sugar the cause?

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