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August 21, 2005

What's The Best Sugar Substitute For Diabetics?

Topics: Health Issues

Shhhhhh... but don't call it a sugar substitute - call it a food supplement!

Not a week goes by without us getting several emails asking what is the best sugar subsitute for those with diabetes or just wishing to reduce their sugar intake without having to resort to artificial sweetners.

I recommend the same thing that I myself use: 'STEVIA.'

In general, Stevia is an all-natural herbal product with centuries of safe usage by native Indians in Paraguay. It has been thoroughly tested in dozens of tests around the world and found to be completely non-toxic. It has also been consumed safely in massive quantities (Thousands of tonnes annually) for the past twenty years.

Stevia has some very interesting properties. It has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. It is used in Latin America as an inexpensive therapy for hyperglycemia.

In good medical studies, regular consumption of stevia also reduces high blood pressure without reducing normal blood pressure. Medical publications have shown that it affects calcium transport in a way that is similar to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers (like verapamil), which commonly are used to treat high blood pressure. In laboratory animals, stevia also can induce diuresis or water release, similar to diuretics also used to treat high blood pressure.

One study even showed that stevia could prevent infection by the rotovirus, a common viral infection among school-age children.

Stevia extract is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories and has little if any effect on blood glucose. Because stevia--Stevia rebaudiana--has been grown and used for centuries in South America and has been used extensively in Japan, Korea, and China for two decades, many people argue that it must be safe. But it is not generally recognized as safe, or GRAS, the FDA's category for food ingredients like sugar that have been used so long that they predate premarket testing. This is considered to be primarily a political move to protect the manufacturers of artificial sweetners in the U.S.

Related:
Mechanism of the hypoglycemic effect of stevioside, a glycoside of Stevia rebaudiana.

Antihyperglycemic effects of stevioside in type 2 diabetic subjects.

Antihyperglycemic and blood pressure-reducing effects of stevioside in the diabetic Goto-Kakizaki rat.

Stevia

The Stevia product I buy is from Vitamin Shoppe. There is also a convenient liquid form.

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Posted by Richard at August 21, 2005 8:37 PM

Wow, this post has been totally plagiarised by http://diabetologica.com/

Edit note by Hyscience administrator to Lee:
Diabetologica is one of several blogs within the promedblogs network, on which the same authors may sometimes post the same information if it is thought to be useful to similar, but different, readerships. This particular post was written at Hyscience but also meant for readers at NewHopeBlog (cancer) and also Diabetologica (Diabetes) readerships.

Thank you for reading more than one of the blogs in our network.

Posted by: Lee at September 4, 2005 9:26 AM



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