Diet Coke And Diabetes Blood Sugar

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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 correlatio Continue reading >>

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  1. sellerpurple79

    Diet Soda and Lower Blood Sugar

    My sugar has been getting out of control and I have been trying to make better food choices but nothing was working. I was even skipping meals trying to get my sugar down and that was not working! I did some online searches to find "natural ways" to lower blood sugar. I found a few sites that said "diet soda" can raise your BG and make you have a high A1C test! I stopped drinking diet soda and for the last 2-3 weeks my sugar has been awesome. I have lost 8 pounds have gone from sugar levels of 230-313 to 73-184. Has anyone ever heard about diet soda and how it can effect your BG's? Is this crazy or maybe something else going on with me??

  2. ryany

    Depends on the diet soda. but yes, some people can get high BS from artificial sweeteners.

  3. jwags

    I do drink diet soda and it has never affected my bgs or my weight. Some feel diet soda and artificial sweetners may make you crave other carbs. I don't find that to be true. I am glad you are seeing lower bgs and lower weight. With diabetes we all are different and we do what works.

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