Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers Type 2 di­a­betes risk

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AR­TI­FI­CIAL sweet­en­ers used in food and drinks could in­crease the risk of Type 2 di­a­betes de­vel­op­ing, re­search sug­gests.

Sci­en­tists found that con­sum­ing the low-calo­rie ad­di­tives in­creas­ingly found in diet drinks, break­fast ce­re­als and many other foods changes the way the body re­sponds to sugar. In a healthy per­son, the body reg­u­lates the rate at which sugar, or glu­cose, is ab­sorbed into the blood af­ter a meal.

But peo­ple who con­sumed high quan­ti­ties of ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers had a sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced abil­ity to do this – a main fea­ture of di­a­betes.

Re­searchers said: “Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers re­duce the body’s con­trol of blood sugar lev­els and high­lights the po­ten­tial for ex­ag­ger­ated post-meal glu­cose lev­els in high non-caloric ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­ener users, which could pre­dis­pose them to de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes.” – Daily Mail

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