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Sugar In Soft Drinks And Sodas - Sugary Drinks, Hypos & Diabetes Risk

Sugar In Soft Drinks And Sodas - Sugary Drinks, Hypos & Diabetes Risk

Sugary drinks have been linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes Sugary soft drinks, sometimes referred in common usage as full fat drinks, have frequently been linked with poorer health if consumed on a regular basis. Large scale research indicates that regular consumption of sugary drinks, including cola, lemonade and energy drinks, raises the risks of obesity , heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Generally speaking, sugary soft drinks are best avoided by people with diabetes and consumed less regularly by people at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Recommended daily sugar intakes in the UK The Department of Health recommends that not more than 10% of energy each day comes from sugars. This equates to 70g or less of sugar for men and 50g or less for women. A half litre bottle of a sweetened drink, such as cola, contributes around 60% of the recommended maximum sugar intake. There is no specific recommended sugar intake for people with diabetes, but most people will find they need to limit their sugar intake to considerably less than the Department of Health recommendation to ensure good blood glucose control . Sweetened, sugary drinks can cause sharp rises in blood sugar levels for people with diabetes or glucose intolerance (including prediabetes and gestational diabetes) and so its usually best to avoid drinking sugary drinks. One time when sugary can be useful, however, for people with diabetes is if the persons blood glucose levels go too low ( hypoglycemia ). If a person is on certain forms of diabetic medication (notably insulin ), hypoglycemia can become a particularly dangerous condition. Sugary drinks help to raise blood sugar levels quickly and therefore make for a good treatment for low blood sugar levels. Between 100 and 150ml of a sugary drink suc Continue reading >>

7 Strategies To Help You Quit Soda To Prevent Or Control Diabetes

7 Strategies To Help You Quit Soda To Prevent Or Control Diabetes

A can of ice-cold soda pop may sound like just the pick-me-up you need to get you through a long day at the office, but the processed beverage may do more harm than good if you have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes. That’s because, in addition to caffeine, there’s a high level of simple carbohydrates (in the form of sugar) lurking inside — a perfect storm of components that can contribute to excess weight gain, thereby increasing your risk for insulin resistance, or send your blood sugar soaring — which is especially dangerous if you have prediabetes. A wealth of research suggests that the more soda you drink when you already have diabetes or are at risk for the disease, the worse off you may be. For instance, regularly drinking cola — whether it’s the regular or diet variety, which is artificially sweetened — is associated with a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in January 2013 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Although diet soda is often considered the lesser of two evils, the popular drink may not be a good option either. In fact, a study published in July 2016 in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that aspartame, a low-calorie artificial sweetener used in diet soda, is strongly associated with glucose intolerance in obese individuals. As for drinking soda if you already have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) points out the beverage is a no-no, listing it among the top worst drinks for people with the disease. Experts say regardless of whether you sip one soda or are swigging multiple cans of the sweet stuff per day, eliminating the beverage from your diet is a surprisingly simple way to cut unnecessary calories and sugar — and ultimately help you better manage Continue reading >>

Doctors Advise Drinking Coca-cola Can Help To Cure Diabetes

Doctors Advise Drinking Coca-cola Can Help To Cure Diabetes

Doctors Advise Drinking Coca-Cola Can Help To Cure Diabetes A recent study by a team of medical professionals hired by the Coca-Cola company reportedly proves that drinking the soda in large amounts can effectively cure diabetes in people who suffer from the disease. The way that Coca-Cola is made, we found that is has extremely high levels of sugar, and normally that would be bad, said Dr. Emmett Brown, one of the lead researchers hired by the company. But, what happens when you drink extreme amounts of Coca-Cola is that your body almost forgets that it is drinking sugar. If you drink nothing but Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola products, eventually your body gets used to it, and believes, essentially, that you are drinking water. Brown says they studied 500 people with diabetes, and put them on a strict diet of nothing but Coca-Cola. I have been drinking nothing but Coke for over a year now, said test subject Jamal Jenkins. I feel mostly okay. I dont move to good, since they removed my feet awhile back, but otherwise, Im pretty decent. Im also stoked that I have a lifetime supply of Coke thanks to being a part of this project. I do love me some soda. Cant beat the real thing. Brown states that of the 500 people who had diabetes at the start of the research program, 132 of them had since died, and the rest still had diabetes. Were counting those deaths in the win column, said Brown. Those people definitely dont have diabetes anymore. Continue reading >>

For Someone Who Is Type-2 Diabetic And Can't Refrain From Consuming Soda Drinks (coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Etc.), What Is More Unhealthy, Overall, Those With Sugar Or The Artificially Sweetened

For Someone Who Is Type-2 Diabetic And Can't Refrain From Consuming Soda Drinks (coke, Pepsi, Sprite, Etc.), What Is More Unhealthy, Overall, Those With Sugar Or The Artificially Sweetened "diet" Variants?

I LOVE sweets. I spent my whole life eating tons of sweets and drinking sweetened drinks. My suggestion is to stop drinking all of that crap. It just is not necessary. You can learn to live without it, and you will live a lot longer. I could never have imagined giving up sweets. I gave up all sweet drinks after I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. No sodas, no diet sodas, no fruit juices. Nothing. Only water. I no longer have diabetes but I have no desire any longer for sweet drinks. It just does not even occur to me to drink one. The transition to a low sugar, low carb diet can be difficult physically and psychologically. I did mindfulness exercises that got me through those difficult times. I used The Dieting Mindfulness Meditations. I am not sure I could have gotten through that period without them. Diet drinks are harmful to your health even if they do not raise blood sugar levels. You can make this change in your life. You will be very thankful that you have. I reversed the diabetes because I was willing to change my lifestyle. Maybe you would be willing to do the same? Continue reading >>

Diet Soda And Diabetes

Diet Soda And Diabetes

In reply to my recent blog entry “Stopping Diabetes Medicines,” Patsy wrote: “I have stop[ped] drinking Diet Cokes, or anything with artificial sweeteners. I can’t tell you what a difference that has made! … I am overweight and have lost 14 pounds. My blood sugar has gone down, too.” How could this be? How could diet sodas, which have essentially no carbohydrates and no calories, raise blood glucose and weight? Or is the whole thing an illusion? Four studies in the last decade have raised concerns about diet soda. In 2005, University of Texas researchers reported that people who drank diet soda were more likely to gain weight than those drank regular soda. Fewer calories = more weight! Strange… In 2006, Dartmouth scientists found that people with diabetes who drank one or more cans of diet soda a day raised their A1C levels by an average of 0.7%, compared to those who didn’t. In 2007, the American Heart Association found that those who drank either regular or diet soda had a higher risk of “metabolic syndrome,” which includes diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and obesity, compared to nondrinkers. This is just a correlation; it doesn’t show cause, but it’s still interesting. In the January 16, 2009 issue of Diabetes Care, a group of analysts reviewing the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis found that “Daily consumption of diet soda was associated with… a 67% greater relative risk of… Type 2 diabetes compared to non-consumption.” They said the increased diabetes was not due to increased weight, although that happened too. “Associations between diet soda consumption and Type 2 diabetes were independent of baseline measures of adiposity or changes in these measures,” they wrote. The data was adj Continue reading >>

Insulin Spike Soda Shocker: Soda Drinking May Cause Diabetes

Insulin Spike Soda Shocker: Soda Drinking May Cause Diabetes

Insulin spikes from soda may be causing havoc in your bloodstream. Everyone, it’s official: Drinking sugary beverages such as soda leads to weight gain and all the health problems associated with it, including diabetes. A recent study examined sugar sweetened beverage intake and its relationship to developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The results were conclusive; those who consumed sugar sweetened beverages on a regular basis were 20 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome and 26 percent more likely to develop diabetes. How does drinking soda lead to diabetes? Diabetes is a very serious illness caused by excess sugar (glucose) in the blood and subsequent improper insulin response. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose level in the blood. After you drink a soda, the refined sugar causes your blood sugar to elevate rapidly, and that’s where insulin comes in. The insulin is released (by the pancreas) to lower your blood sugar level back to normal after a meal, or sugary beverage. In normal, healthy individuals this happens every time. However, repeated, drastic spikes in blood sugar may lead to two things: the pancreas will slowly reduce insulin production and the cells in our bodies slowly become insulin resistant, meaning they just stop letting the insulin do its job. This means that all that sugar just stays in your blood, which can lead to myriad health problems including diabetes. Diabetes can lead to all sorts of other health issues, including blindness, kidney disease and permanent nerve damage. So to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, follow this advice: Eat more whole grains. Whole grains have lots of fiber that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Drink zero-calories beverages such as water, tea and club soda Regular exercise. Thirty t Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar 911

Blood Sugar 911

CBN.com - After experiencing periods of increased jittery nerves, violent trembling, and fainting – all signs of severely low blood sugar – author Dennis Pollock was on a mission to change his diet. Christmas Scare It should have been a pleasant night. It was the Christmas season, and we had just returned from our annual Christmas trip to Grandma’s house. We were sitting in our living room, watching a videotape that was one of my sons’ Christmas presents. I wasn’t having fun. It was happening again. Less than three hours after we had eaten supper I could feel that cold chill on my arms and those jittery telltale indicators that my blood-sugar levels were falling way too low. I quietly slipped out of the room and went into the bathroom to check my blood sugar with my glucometer—a device I had been totally ignorant of a year earlier but was now all too familiar with. As I suspected, my blood-sugar level was dangerously low, so low I knew I needed to take action fast. Grabbing a can of Coke, I drank the entire contents in under a minute. Now my blood sugar went the other way. Another test revealed the level had gone from 40 mg/dl to about 170 in a very short time. 1 (The normal range is 80 to 120.) My body began to tremble violently. I tried to go back into the living room and watch the movie, hoping no one would notice the trembling, but I realized the shaking wasn’t going to go away very soon. I slipped into the bedroom, put on a music CD, and got under the covers. As I trembled and shook, I could only think, What in the world is wrong with me? Looking Back The Christmas scare was not my first encounter with blood-sugar problems. As I look back over my life now, I realize I have had blood-sugar issues going back to the mid-1980s. In the early days I could n Continue reading >>

How Diet Shakes And Dropping Sodas Reversed Diabetes

How Diet Shakes And Dropping Sodas Reversed Diabetes

Eric Smith comes from the part of Ohio where fizzy soft drinks are called “pop.” He also called them his beverage of choice — for lunch, dinner and snacks. So when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November 2016, Smith knew he was going to have to cut down. In fact, he cut out all sugary soft drinks and switched to water. He stopped eating fast food, white bread and other junk and, in the space of a few months, he turned around his diabetes and has normal blood sugar now. On Tuesday, a large study confirmed what Smith and other people like him have found — a strict weight-loss diet can reverse the progression of Type 2 diabetes and bring many people back to normal. “I was drinking maybe six cans of pop a day if you averaged it out,” said Smith, a 40-year-old bookkeeper. “Every meal I would have one, maybe two with lunch, two with dinner. If it wasn’t pop it was a sugary drink somewhere.” And Smith was, like so many Americans, obese. “I was up to 390,” he said. He joined the Cleveland Clinic's Lifestyle Essentials program, which includes a series of six appointments to help people learn how to improve their habits. By changing his diet and adding in just a little exercise, he’s dropped weight and controlled his blood sugar. “I am down to 345, 350 right now,” Smith said, and his blood sugar is in the normal, healthy range. It’s more evidence that weight loss alone can control diabetes, which kills more than 70,000 Americans every year. Other studies have shown that weight-loss surgery can help reverse diabetes. But that’s an extreme option. The study released Tuesday showed people can do it with diet. “If this study shows that a low-calorie diet is an effective and practical way to put Type 2 diabetes into remission, now and in the Continue reading >>

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar? Then you’ve come to the right place. The disease diabetes (any type) means that you have too much sugar in your blood. This page will show you how to best check this. You can normalize your blood sugar naturally as needed – without pills, calorie counting or hunger. Many people have already done so. As a bonus, a normalized blood sugar usually makes you healthier and leaner. Table of contents: A disastrous epidemic Two types of diabetes Normalize your blood sugar Become your own evidence A disastrous epidemic What’s wrong? Why do more and more people become diabetic? In the past, before our modern Western diet, diabetes was extremely rare. The disease is now becoming more and more common. Around the world, more and more people are becoming diabetic: The number of people with diabetes is increasing incredibly rapidly and is heading towards 500 million. This is a world epidemic. Will someone in your family be affected next? Your mother, father, cousin, your child? Or you? Is perhaps your blood already too sweet? Those affected by the most common form of diabetes (type 2) normally never regain their health. Instead, we take for granted that they’ll become a little sicker for every year that goes by. With time they need more and more drugs. Yet, sooner or later complications emerge. Blindness. Dialysis due to faulty kidneys. Dementia. Amputations. Death. Diabetes epidemic causes inconceivable suffering. Fortunately, there’s something that can be done. We just need to see through the mistake that has led to the explosion of disease – and correct it. This can normalize your blood sugar. Many have already succeeded in doing this. If you already know that you are diabe Continue reading >>

How To Help Your Body Reverse Diabetes

How To Help Your Body Reverse Diabetes

Diabetes rates are rising, in fact it is now considered an “epidemic” in the medical community. The American Diabetes Association reports that: 23.6 million Americans have diabetes 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic 1.6 new cases of diabetes are reported each year For those over age 60, almost 1 in 4 have diabetes Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death Diabetes increases heart attack risk and 68% of diabetes related death certificates report heart related problems 75% of adults with diabetes will develop high blood pressure Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and nervous system disorders Diabetes costs $174 billion annually Diabetes is a well-established problem and a multi-billion dollar industry. It is medically characterized by Fasting Blood Glucose higher than 126 mg/dL , which ranges between 100-125 mg/dL are considered pre-diabetic and ranges below 99 mg/dL are considered normal. Studies are finding that a fasting blood glucose below 83 mg/dL is actually a better benchmark, as risk of heart disease begins to increase at anything above that. IMPORTANT: There is a difference between Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune condition) and Type 2 diabetes (lifestyle related). This article refers specifically to Type 2 diabetes. Some medical professionals use an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) to test for diabetes. If you’ve ever been pregnant and had to drink the sickeningly sweet sugar cocktail and then have blood drawn, you are familiar with this one. Basically, a patient is given 50-75 grams of glucose in concentrated solution and his blood sugar response is measured. I’m not a fan of this test because no one should be ingesting that much concentrated glucose, and the test is not a completely accurate measure. (Just a side note: if yo Continue reading >>

How Does Diet Soda Affect Diabetes?

How Does Diet Soda Affect Diabetes?

Many of us who enjoy fizzy drinks select diet soda as a healthier option than the normal soda. Even if we have with diabetes, we feel that diet soda has less sugar and is therefore not harmful to us. Sadly, that’s not entirely true. Let’s find out how does diet soda affect diabetics. Pros of Drinking Diet Soda with Diabetes: Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners, which are also referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) or non-caloric sweeteners. They have a higher intensity of sweetness per gram than caloric sweeteners like sucrose. Popular artificial sweeteners like aspartame, acesulfame-K, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose are regulated as food additives by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Aspartame and saccharin, commonly found in diet sodas, are both FDA reviewed and approved. Besides FDA, most sweeteners used in diet sodas are approved by World Health Organization (WHO) and/ or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The American Diabetes Association (ADA) lists diet soda as safe for diabetics to consume. Diet soda is typically sweetened with one of five artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners do not contain calories (or have less than 20 calories), and the ADA reports that they do not cause a blood glucose reaction. Furthermore, carbohydrate content in diet soda is less (less than 5 gm) when compared to that of regular soda. Also, the calorie content in diet soda is less than that of regular soda. Risks Of Diet Soda For Diabetics According to Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota, while the artificial sweeteners may not raise blood sugar, the caffeine in it might. A 2004 study at Duke University showed that caffeine consumption can increase blood sugar levels by up to Continue reading >>

Will Diet Soda Protect You From Diabetes?

Will Diet Soda Protect You From Diabetes?

With so many Americans being told they are overweight or obese, lots of people are trying hard to cut calories. One popular way to do that is to substitute artificial sweeteners such as aspartame for sugar in foods and beverages. Could Diet Soda Protect You from Weight Gain and High Blood Sugar? In a new study, Canadian scientists used US data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey. Nearly 3,000 adults who participated in that survey reported whether or not they used artificial sweeteners and how much sugar they consumed. They also took a glucose tolerance test to determine their risk for diabetes. In this test, blood is drawn when the person is fasting. Then they are given a drink with 50 grams of glucose to consume, and blood is drawn once again after an hour to see how high blood sugar has gone in response. Counterintuitive Consequences: The results were not what you might expect. The people who commonly used artificial sweeteners consumed fewer calories but did worse on the glucose tolerance test, showing a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers suggest that aspartame, also known as NutraSweet or Equal, may alter the microbiome in undesirable ways. There is evidence from rat studies that low-dose aspartame results in microbes synthesizing propionate, a compound that can be readily turned into glucose in the body (PLoS One, Oct. 14, 2014). Such research might make us skeptical that drinking diet soda will be the best way to avoid the development of type 2 diabetes. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, online May 24, 2016 How to Prevent Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes: There are evidence-based approaches to help those with prediabetes prevent its progression into full-fledged type 2 diabetes. We discussed exercise, diet, stress c Continue reading >>

What Everyone Must Know About Coke Zero And Diabetes

What Everyone Must Know About Coke Zero And Diabetes

If you have diabetes you may be thinking quitting your regular Coke and opting for Coke Zero is going to do you a big favor. After all, it's sugar free and therefore healthier, right? Wrong! Once you read this, you'll understand that the scientific research shows quite the opposite. What is Coke Zero? Coke Zero was launched in 2005 as a sugar free, low calorie alternative to regular coke. One thing that's quite funny is that while Diet Coke has been around since the 1980’s, many men thought the title “diet” sounded a little too feminine and they weren’t interested in buying it. So as a result, Coke Zero was born. It was marketed mostly towards men who wanted to enjoy the taste of a classic Coke with zero guilt. Coke Zero comes in several different flavors, including classic, vanilla, and cherry. You might be thinking that a sugar free soda sounds too good to be true. And you would be right! Unfortunately, Coke Zero and other sugar free sodas are not a soda lover’s dream come true. And you'll soon see why… Nutrition Facts You probably already know that regular soda has a ton of sugar in it, which means you should steer clear of it at all costs – diabetic or not. For example, a 12 ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of sugar, all derived from high fructose corn syrup, which makes that a double no, no. That can of soda also packs 140 empty calories – meaning, you don’t get any nutrients from it. It’s easy to see why so many people were thrilled when diet sodas hit the market. After all, the promise of cutting down on sugar to lose weight, and reduce your risk of obesity and diabetes – that sounds like a good deal, right? Well, unfortunately those promises aren't all they're cracked up to be. The sweetener in Diet Coke is called ‘aspartame,' Continue reading >>

Can I Still Drink Soda If I Have Diabetes?

Can I Still Drink Soda If I Have Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications. Continue reading >>

Cutting Out Soft Drinks And Blood Sugar

Cutting Out Soft Drinks And Blood Sugar

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Newly diagnosed type 2, who used to drink a ton of sodas each day. Like 4-5 a day. I haven't had a drink other than water and a couple diet soda since diagnosis (3 days). Will the cutting out of sodas have a big effect on lowering my blood sugar over time? If it was regular soda with sugar, yes. Larry Drinking regular sodas would definitely elevate your blood sugar. Not drinking them probably won't in and of itself continue to lower your blood sugars over time, but it certainly won't elevate it like drinking them would. I'm betting it has made a tremendous difference already though. Your best way to lower blood sugars is to minimize insulin resistance, which is helped by exercise, diet, weight loss and metformin. I was just wondering if I had a BG of 293 while whacking down 4 sodas a day, if perhaps the BG reading without 4 sodas a day would be in the 100s instead. I don't know how much affect the constant soda drinking had. I was just wondering if I had a BG of 293 while whacking down 4 sodas a day, if perhaps the BG reading without 4 sodas a day would be in the 100s instead. I don't know how much affect the constant soda drinking had. I guess you are going to find out. We are all so different. I'm sure just cutting back on the sodas has made a HUGE impact on your blood sugars already. That's an important change you've made, and i'm sure it was a difficult one. Keep trying the various diet sodas until you find one you enjoy. A little off topic, but if you enjoyed Dr. Pepper prior to diagnosis, you should try Diet Dr. Pepper...it's one of the best diet drinks IMO, very similar to the original Continue reading >>

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