Artificial Sweeteners & The Body’s Blood Sugar Controls


Research is always on going to explore new ideas and relationships. Researchers are currently reporting that artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar which can cause metabolic changes that can be a precursor to diabetes.

The researchers testing this theory have not yet undergone the first round of human test subjects for their study but have been monitoring mice. The researchers found that when the mice consumed sweeteners it changed their metabolism of glucose, causing levels to rise higher after eating and to decline more slowly than they otherwise would normally. These changes occurred within the micro biome, which is the population of bacteria that lives in the digestive system.

In previous studies, diabetes and obesity have both been linked to changes in the micro biome.  After a week, the group of mice that got sugar-water showed that they had developed marked intolerance to glucose. This means that their body was less able to cope with large amount of sugar. This often leads to the development of Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.  The researchers did a series of test on mice and then recruited seven volunteers and performed the same experiment on them as they did with the mice.  Four out of seven of the volunteers showed the same results as the researchers found in the experiment they did with the mice.

This research study  still needs further investigation but it makes you think more about the fact that you probably shouldn’t be putting that artificial sweeteners or any extra sweeteners in your food! Is there more than just bad food that influences the onset of obesity and diabetes?  Think of what you’re putting in your body before you can do more harm to it than good.

To Read the full article please visit the New York Times

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