Sucralose - Good or bad for diabetics?

I’ve been drinking sugar free sports drinks for a long time now as a replacement for sugary drinks and juices because of my diabetes.

I’ve been doing a bit of research on sucralose recently and I’ve run into some articles stating that it could contribute to insulin resistance and that it’s not good to drink in excess for the long term.

I’m now beginning to wonder if it’s not a major contributing factor in my worsening diabetes and having to take more meds to keep my blood sugar down.

As of today, I’m switching to water. Serves me right for not doing my research all this time.

Any opinions or knowledge on the subject is welcome.

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diabetes scares me. i was pre-diabetic for a while, but I think my blood sugar is in a healthy range now

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What did the Dr say about sucralose?

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It scares me as well, particularly the potential eye and nerve damage. I am making a concerted effort to keep my blood sugar under control.

Now since I know about sucralose, I’m going to try to just drink water as well.

I have not talked to my doctor about it. I will bring it up next time though.

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Let us know. I am curious too as I use sucralose sometimes.

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Based on scanning some articles, it may have the same effect as sugar on increasing insulin resistance.

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I heard the sweetener stevia doesn’t spike insulin

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There might be some other sweet options. Stevia is one to consider. But you probably won’t find it in any commercial sodas. You would have to make your own sodas with it.

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Amazon sells them

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Thanks @Jimbob . I look into it

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Nothing beats a nice tall glass of ice water :+1:.

Not up to date on sucralose contributing to insulin resistance, but honestly I would not be surprised given Big Food’s penchant for cutting nutritional corners merely for the sake of profit.

If you have a tough time drinking plain water, iced tea and lemon is bomb dot com, and drinks sweetened with stevia are probably a little healthier than artificial sweeteners. Some folks report a strange taste from stevia, but I’ve never noticed— your tastebuds may vary though :sweat_smile:. If you’re craving pop/soda, Zevia makes stevia-sweetened ones that are quite nice.

Monkfruit is also a great sweetener option— no effect on your glycemic load, and a little goes a long way.

Bottoms up! :droplet:

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Thanks @Mr_Hope

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Thanks @Schztuna

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My endocrinologist and dietician are both against sweeteners for this reason. They say water, pure and plain is best. I always squeeze some lemon in mine though.

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Thanks @sweetpotatofries .

Can’t stand plain water. It needs to have a tea bag run through it at the very least.

It’s important to have standards.

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sucralose, aspartame and stevia have a glycemic index of 0 so should be fine
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i remember they used to say aspartame can cause leukemia or brain cancer but it turned out to be BS

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