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will aspartame, xylitol, and sorbitol speed up your metabolism?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No: Some will accelerate the GI tract motility causing diarrhea, but most sugar-alcohols are great diabetic substitute sweetener. They are less sweet than sugar, and artificial sweeteners are much sweeter. They do stimulate insulin, but less than glucose.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No: Some will accelerate the GI tract motility causing diarrhea, but most sugar-alcohols are great diabetic substitute sweetener. They are less sweet than sugar, and artificial sweeteners are much sweeter. They do stimulate insulin, but less than glucose. Aspartmae is an artifical sweetener.

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A 53-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my husband is diabetic and drinks sugar free koolaid with aspartame could this raise his sugar levels?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not directly: Aspartame is an Amino Acid and cannot directly raise blood sugar. But, it may increase cravings for other sweets or starchy foods, and if someone eats more carbohydrates than they planned to, that could lead to higher sugar levels.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it true that aspartame based sweetners are dangerous for health, specially for diabetes?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not really dangerous: Artificial sweeteners are probably not actually dangerous, or toxic, but can sabotage a meal plan by making people crave sweets or other high carbohydrate foods.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can aspartame cause neurological disorders?

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Critical Care 23 years experience
Yes: I had a patient who drank 1-2 gallons of diet soda every day and had a pretty bad peripheral neuropathy. When he cut back, his symptoms improved.
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A 49-year-old male asked:

Could my neighbor have possibly discovered a new side effect from aspartame? She only spots when she eats it and she's post menapausal!

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Unlikely: While aspartame is an unlikely cause of vaginal spotting, any woman who has vaginal spotting or bleeding after menopause needs to be evaluated by their gyencologist. Let your neighbot know!
A 33-year-old member asked:

Does getting sorbitol solution require a prescription?

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Dr. Scott Shapiro
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
No: It is over the counter and a prescription is not required. However, you should speak with your health care provider before taking if : stomach or intestine problems -an unusual or allergic reaction to sorbitol, fructose, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feeding.

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