Can Diabetics Have Artificial Sugar?

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Artificial Sweeteners And Diabetes

Is it possible to eat sweets when you have diabetes? The answer is "yes." But when you’re trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, it can be hard to know what to reach for at the grocery store (sugar-free this or low-calorie that). So, use this primer to help you choose wisely. The Sweet Facts When you’re comparing sweeteners, keep these things in mind: Sugars are naturally occurring carbohydrates. These include brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioners’ sugar, fructose, honey, and molasses. They have calories and raise your blood glucose levels (the level of sugar in your blood). Reduced-calorie sweeteners are sugar alcohols. You might know these by names like isomalt, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol. You'll often find them in sugar-free candy and gum. They have about half the calories of sugars and can raise your blood sugar levels, although not as much as other carbohydrates. Artificial sweeteners are considered "free foods." They were designed in a lab, have no calories, and do not raise your blood sugar levels. Types of Artificial Sweeteners Artificial low-calorie sweeteners include: Saccharin (Sweet'N Low, Sugar Twin). You can use it in both hot and cold foods. Avoid Continue reading >>

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  1. DiabetesDiva

    I just had my worst low sugar episode

    Hands shaking so badly, I can hardly type. Ate a burrito and now a banana. My bgl was 69. I'm going to make an appt with the doc and buy those glucose tablets everyone recommends.
    My only other alternative to eat was sugar, but I didn't know if I should do that.

  2. high heels

    Some are talking about having bad experiences because their blood sugars are in the 60's and 80's, but these are normal blood sugars. You should not be experiencing these kinds of symptoms unless you go below 60. Then a small amount of sugar to bring your readings up and some protein to keep them up is the proper treatment.

  3. Sue Turner

    Be thankful that 69 has been your worse experience with low bs. Mine has gone down into the 40s and 30s. I know how you feel however with the shaking, etc. And it can be very scary. I keep the Glucose Tabs on hand all the time, and they seem to get my bs back up faster than anything else. Sometimes all I have to do is eat a 1/4 of a tablet and in just a few minutes my bs is back up to a more normal level. I am on the pump, so when mine goes low, I suspend my pump for about 30 min., and eat the glucose tab, check my bs in 30 minutes, and if everything is ok, I resume my pump and everything is fine. It does depend on how low my bs goes as to how much of the tablet I eat. You just have to work with them to see how quickly and how much I need to regulate my bs. But they do work, and work great!

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