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Diet Drinks And Diabetes

I would like to know the effects of Diet Drinks on Diabetics - any information on this?
(June 24, 2008)

Health Advice on Diet Drinks and Diabetes  

Diet drinks, once in a while is better in comparison to the sugar laden beverages. Drinking them often is not allowed, due to the increased risk of metabolic syndrome. The risk of excess weight gain in diet drink drinkers is 37.5 per cent for half to one can per day. With 2 cans, the risk is increased to 57.1 per cent. Diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners that are not recommended in high quantities in diabetics.

It opposes the synthesis of serotonin, which is induced by carbohydrates. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Aspartame is a dipeptide. It is broken down in the presence of water and produces L phenyl-alanine. This happens in the intestinal tract and the product is considered to be a neurotoxin, which affects the nerves. Continuous consumption of aspartame also results in increased craving for carbohydrates. Aspartame addiction is seen with the intake of diet drinks. Other side effects, such as depression, irritability, headaches, convulsion, confusion, asthma and rashes are also seen.

A number of researches reveals the associated weight gain with the intake of diet soda. In addition to weight increase in diabetics, diet soda also raises A1C levels of the blood, which is also referred to as glycosylated hemoglobin. It gives the blood glucose levels in the recent three months. Individuals who drink diet drinks are at greater risk of the metabolic syndrome. A group of risk factors for diabetes and cardiac problems, along with hypertension and hypercholesterolemia encompasses metabolic syndrome.

Certain other diet drinks, devoid of aspartame are also available in the market. A combination of acesulfame potassium and sucralose are seen. The caramel in diet drinks is hazardous for the glycation end products. This results in insulin resistance. Diet drinks are recommended in minimal levels in diabetics and splurging is not allowed. 

Submitted by E L on June 24, 2008 at 04:46


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