Can Diabetics Have Artificial Sugar?

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Artificial Sweeteners: Any Effect On Blood Sugar?

Can I use artificial sweeteners if I have diabetes? Answers from M. Regina Castro, M.D. You can use most sugar substitutes if you have diabetes, including: Saccharin (Sweet'N Low) Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) Acesulfame potassium (Sunett) Sucralose (Splenda) Stevia (Pure Via, Truvia) Artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, offer the sweetness of sugar without the calories. Artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter than sugar, so it takes a smaller amount to sweeten foods. This is why foods made with artificial sweeteners may have fewer calories than those made with sugar. Sugar substitutes don't affect your blood sugar level. In fact, most artificial sweeteners are considered "free foods" — foods containing less than 20 calories and 5 grams or less of carbohydrates — because they don't count as calories or carbohydrates on a diabetes exchange. Remember, however, other ingredients in foods containing artificial sweeteners can still affect your blood sugar level. More research is needed, but studies are increasingly finding that the benefits of substituting sugar-sweetened food and beverages with those that have been sweetened artificially may not be as clear as Continue reading >>

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  1. otaku30

    How much does being sick jack up your blood sugar levels?

    My apologies if this has been covered somewhere else - couldn't find anything with a few searches.
    How much does being sick screw up your blood sugars?
    I am starting either a cold or flu and my readings have gone up a ways.
    Last night pre-dinner I was at 114 - usually between 90 and 100. After having my usual meal which generally lands me at 110 two hours after I was at 150. This morning I was at 160 instead of my usual 120. Two hours after my standard breakfast and a 15 minute walk my blood sugar is at 123.
    To compound matters I am just getting over a gout attack in both feet so exercise options are a bit limited for a while.
    Since I use diet/exercise to control by blood sugar it looks like I am in for a bit of a roller coaster ride.
    Was wondering what you fine folks do to help control your blood sugars when sick.

  2. Rob

    When I am sick I up my insulin. I am conservative about the upticks, and meter more often until I am sure about my dosages.

  3. Greeneys6

    Rich being ill can always cause an increase in the levels. Since you aren't on any medications at this point, I would say to stay hydrated and possibly lower your carbs per meal a little. But it will run it's course and you should come back to normal in a few days.
    Hope you feel better soon.

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