Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes and obesity, according to study

By on April 24, 2018
Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes and obesity, according to study

Artificial sweeteners linked to diabetes and obesity, according to study

Artificial sweeteners can still lead to obesity and diabetes, study claims.

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University gave the rats the artificial sweetener and sugar. The rats showed changes in their metabolism that could lead to increased risk of diabetes.

The study says there are likely similar impacts on humans; that substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar changes the way our bodies process convert food to energy and processes fat.

The study says the human body is more efficient at processing regular sugar when used in moderation. Researchers say the processing mechanisms break down “when the system is overloaded for prolonged periods of time.” The study says when used to excess, artificial sweeteners lead to an increase in biochemicals and amino acids.

The sweeteners also appeared to contribute to obesity.

A similar study last year suggested that heavy use of diet soda increased the risk of diabetes, dementia and stroke.

The Wisconsin findings were presented last weekend at the 2018 Experimental Biology Conference in California.

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2 Comments

  1. AmeriBev

    April 26, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Scientific evidence, including human clinical trials, has shown that beverages containing low- and zero-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool as part of an overall weight management plan. Low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as hundreds of scientific studies and there is nothing in this research that counters this well-established fact.

    America’s beverage companies are committed to reducing the amount of sugar and calories consumed from beverages offering a range of beverage choices – including products in smaller portions and without calories and sugar.

    • paul

      June 3, 2018 at 10:47 am

      only if used in moderation and im afraid that because human nature is no calories if ok to drink lots but what is the effect of drink to much rather than in moderation like to find out if anyone is studing this effect rather than just doing a tick box exercise

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