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Artificial Sweeteners Raise Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

Artificial sweeteners, which many people with weight issues use as a substitute for sugar, may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research. The study was small and the detailed results have not yet been published, but experts said its findings fitted with previous research showing an association between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity and rates of the disease are soaring around the world. Its complications, if it is not controlled, can include blindness, heart attacks and strokes. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Adelaide, in Australia, who wanted to investigate whether large amounts of no-calorie artificial sweeteners altered the ability of the body to control the levels of glucose in the blood. Some of the 27 healthy volunteers who were recruited for the study were given the equivalent of 1.5 litres of diet drink a day, in the form of capsules of two different sweeteners, sucralose and acesulfame K. They took the capsules three times a day for two weeks, before meals. The others in the study were given a placebo. Tests at the end of the two weeks showed that the body’s response t Continue reading >>

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  1. rwmetcalf

    I am experiencing tingling lips and tongue just about all day, every day. It is driving me nuts. All the research I have done shows tingling lips and tongue to be a symptom of going low. Well, here I am two hours after dinner, my BG is 110, never saw it go higher than 115 and I am tingling.
    My BG rarely seems to go below 90 anymore, fasting BG is between 90 and 110, usually close to 100. The tingling occurs about half an hour after I eat and can last all dang day. I had bacon for breakfast with a glass of milk laced with cinnamon. I had breast of chicken for lunch with brocolli in a sauce. I had black-eyed peas with bacon for dinner, one bowl, with a glass of milk laced with cinnamon. All in all a pretty low carb day. The only thing I can think of is that my body thinks I am going low and tingles. It doesn't seem to matter if I've gone high with my BG or not, when the numbers start to go down, the tingling begins.
    Here are my particulars:
    I am 43 and was diagnosed with diabetes (type 2) 8/16/06.
    I am overweight, have been for years.
    I am on 1000mg of metformin twice a day (total of 2000mg).
    I initially lost weight, exercised and brought my BS way down.
    Fasting BS was 255 at diagnosis, was recently down to a fasting 89.
    A1c was 12.5 at diagnosis, now down to 5.7.
    Insulin was measured at 27 when diagnosed, down to 14 (want it below 10).
    I have lost some weight and have been very good about exercising and watching what I eat, though I haven't been too awfully good between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Does anybody else experience this?
    Thanks,
    Roger

  2. 2high

    I get it with a low, and occassionally when I am dropping quickly, but not just for no reason. I think this might be one to discuss with your dr...

  3. pinkytricia

    Roger,
    Hi there...
    The only time I have both tingling on my tongue and lips is when I have eaten something that I'm allergic too.... Example: Onions or a few Dorittos.... When I took the Allergy test they just about laughed at me... I'm basically allergic to everything in this world.....lol
    Honey, I don't know if this is going to help you but this is my experience...
    Good Luck...

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