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March 28, 2011
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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.
How Artificial Sweeteners Up Diabetes Risk.
In one study published last week, elevated levels of a group of five amino acids can predict the development of diabetes years before any noticeable symptoms occur, according to Nature Medicine. The results showed that elevated blood levels of five amino acids, isoleucine, leucine, valine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine, accurately predicted risk of type 2 diabetes in otherwise healthy adults as well as in those with traditional risk factors such as obesity.

The study followed 2,422 healthy adults with normal blood sugars at the start of the study for 12 years. In people closely matched for traditional risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as obesity or insulin resistance, those with the highest levels of the three most predictive amino acids -- isoleucine, phenylalanine, and tyrosine -- had a five to seven times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels.

Steve - would anyone care to guess what is the most popular ingredient made from the amino acid phenylalanine? Nutrasweet (Aspartame). While this study does not prove a direct link, there has been research directly linking aspartame to increased risk for diabetes and obesity. Consistently consuming products that contain aspartame can surely raise phenylalanine levels.

In another study to be published in the April issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers mention that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages have been significantly associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome in previous research. One explanation for these findings is that artificially sweetened beverages stimulate appetite for sweet foods at subsequent meals.

Another explanation would be that individuals consuming artificially sweetened beverages may be doing so in an attempt to address a chronic condition. The underlying health of these participants may therefore be compromised, and their risk of type 2 diabetes increased. Participants consuming artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to have reported either weight gain before the start of the study, to have tried a lowcalorie diet, and to have an elevated BMI at baseline. They were also more likely to have a family history of type 2 diabetes, have high triglycerides, have high blood pressure, and use-each of which was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. After adjusting for these factors as well as for total energy intake and BMI, artificially sweetened beverages no longer seemed significantly associated with type 2 diabetes.

Bonnie - I agree more with the explanation that artificially sweetened beverages stimulate appetite. A third explanation that the researchers failed to mention has to do with the body storing the toxic molecules of artificially sweetened beverages in fat cells, thus creating greater adiposity, which in turn, increases risk of diabetes. Regardless of the exact explanation, it is painfully obvious that avoiding artificial sweeteners is paramount to staying optimally healthy.

P.S. The AJCN study found that drinking black coffee instead of sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages reduced type 2 diabetes risk by 17 percent.
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    Tips to Prevent Belching, Bloating, and Flatulence.      
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    Food Coloring That Improves Health.     
  • Aesthetically Speaking:
    The Healthiest Way to Suntan.   
  • Your Healthy Kitchen:
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Care's Corner
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Featuring food and lifestyle consultant Carolyn Martinelli. Care dishes on everything you need for spring, including the latest dietary, exercise, and fashion trends, including our special "Hollywood Spring Break Cocktail". Feel free to email her suggestions for future segments.

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Dr. Schuster's Well Tips - March
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My name is Dr. Liselotte Schuster. I have worked with Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts for over twenty years. Each month, I offer wellness tips from a Chiropractor's perspective. Feel free to email me topics to consider for future segments.

This month, I explain how I use various adjustment tools in an individualized fashion to bring the body back in balance in patientsspan style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> who are afraid of and or are not fond of the the manual/audible manipulation.


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