Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Consumption of artificial sweeteners in large amounts could significantly raise the risk of developing type-2 diabetes (T2DM), a new research revealed. A team of researchers examined 27 healthy volunteers who were given a quantity of two different NAS (sucralose and acesulfame-K) equivalent to drinking 1.5L of diet beverage daily or an inactive placebo.

The volunteers were asked to consume in the form of capsules thrice a day before meals over a period of two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the researchers examined the subjects again.

They found that NAS supplementation led to an increase in measures of the body's response to glucose, which they measured with the help of a technique called the incremental area under the curve (iAUC). That was greater for glucose absorption as well as blood glucose, while the iAUC for the gut peptide GLP-1 decreased.

The researchers concluded, “This study supports the concept that artificial sweeteners could reduce the body's control of blood sugar levels and highlights the potential for exaggerated post-meal glucose levels in high habitual NAS users, which could predispose them to developing type-2 diabetes.”

The alarming findings of the research were presented at the meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), which took place from 11-15 September in Lisbon, Portugal.

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