You went to your doctor and he said, “stop eating all the sugar and I will give you some medication and you’ll be fine.” The truth is, you won’t be fine. Your condition will always be there unless you know how to truly get past it. One of the things my patients tend to say is, “well my doctor told me not to eat sugar so now I use Splenda, Equal, and Sweet ‘n Low.” Well, the problem is a lot of those are what we call excitotoxins. They will amp up your nervous system and when they do that your blood sugar actually will go up. I worked on a research project that proved something called the cephalic phase insulin response. Which is when you put something sweet on your tongue your blood sugar drops. Now, when you put something like Equal, which is aspartame, on your tongue your blood sugar actually doesn’t, it goes up. So what that is saying is it’s exciting your body and you’re shooting your blood sugar up even though your body wants to lower its blood sugar. It’s causing you to excrete extra insulin, and most people with type two diabetes already excrete too much insulin.
Avoid These Artificial Sugars:
- Equal (Aspartame)
- Sweet ‘n Low (Saccharin)
- Splenda (Sucralose)
Things like Sweet and Low or Splenda will drop your blood sugar and then you’ve got another problem. Because what happens when you drop your blood sugar? You become ravenously hungry. So now you are going to eat more, you’re going to gain more weight, and your body is going to secrete certain hormones like estrogen that make you less able to use your blood sugar. So either way, there is a problem. So not only do you need be off regular sugar but also you need to be off of sugar substitutes. But there are great ways to do it which can handle dealing with your sweet tooth, and there are great ways to really teach yourself to eat appropriately which can make your symptoms and your blood sugar go down naturally.
Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.