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Most likely: an artificial sweetener more common in europe than in the US. despite some un sanctioned claims that it is a carcinogen, the FDA and similar british agency Deem it safe, and discounts carcinogicity. It is probably best to avoid if you are attempting to loose weight as it has the potential to raise insulin levels, stimulating you to crave more food, similar to how diet sodas prevent weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sweeter than sugar : Scientists found that acek increased glucose uptake by 20-30 % compared to regular sugar. Although it has been approved by the fda, its safety is still questioned by the center for science in the public interest. Acek's side effects are headaches, liver complications, mental confusion, precancerous, visual impairment, and kidney problems. I would be cautious about using acek sweeteners. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello. I am taking protein supplement daily. I am worried about the acesulfame potassium in it. Please advise me..
Stop taking it then!: If you're worried about any given ingredient, then stop taking supplement since by definition, supplements aren't necessary. And consider eating real food eg beans, eggs, chicken, fish, etc as your source of protein rather than depending upon supplement w/various ingredients. If convenience is an issue, find some other protein supplement that doesn't have specific ingredient of concern. ...Read more
Are sweeteners dangerous? I read that Aspartame, Sucralose, Acesulfame & Neotame can cause some cancers. My wife is pregnant & I'm worried! Thanks.
Stop worrying: Some of my teammates here will disagree, but I discount these fear claims. Just as every fruit and vegetable has somebody claiming it's a "superfood" that cures everything, so every artificial product has someone claiming it causes cancer, autism, mental illness and so forth. If these claims were true, the research piranhas at the NIH would have built reputations proving them. ...Read more
I have recently been hospitalized for community based mersa , I have monthly outbreaks and can't seem to find awncer to why I keep getting monthly outbreaks. What causes new outbreaks and his can I prevent another outbreak?
I was on Zoloft 50mgs for 2 yrs it worked fine Then i got another bout was upped 100mgs fine for 6months it came back was upped to 150 felt little better but not good. Dr juat upped to 200 do u think it will work?
I had a laparotomy 10 days ago. I have a 6 or 7 inch lateral incision with staples. Dr said to have staples removed in ten days but no sooner. Can't get appt until Monday which makes it closer to 14 days. Is this ok?
Fine yes: You have staples on the skin. You had a laparotomy. The staples are used to hold the skin together until the skin edged start to heal. The longer the better but after a certain point the staples get scanned over and get hard to remove. 14 days will be fine. Continue to eat well and walk every day. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?
Chest : Chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating are the most common symptoms of a heart attack. Some people will describe it as feeling like indigestion, or may have aching in the arms, jaw, shoulder, or upper back. The likelihood of a heart attack increases as the number of symptoms increase, and the probability is also higher in someone over the age of forty. These symptoms are also more worrisome in people who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. However, it is quite possible to have a heart attack with few or mild symptoms, and while less common, they can occur in people under the age of forty. Unfortunately, many other conditions can produce symptoms that are similar or identical to a heart attack, including heartburn, panic attacks, collapsed lungs, and pulmonary embolism. It may be impossible to distinguish a heart attack from other conditions without testing, even for a seasoned physician. For this reason, you should seek care immediately if these symptoms occur. Unexplained fainting should always be checked out promptly. Similarly, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing that lasts more than 10-15 minutes is grounds for going to the nearest emergency room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had sex 2 weeks ago on the day of my period . Now I am spotting does it mean i'm pregnant or could it be hormonal changes . Also that was my first time having sex and we used a condom but i know condoms can break
If : If you had sex while on your period, your chances of pregnancy are pretty low, especially if you used a condom. The spotting could be from your hymen being torn during sex. This spotting should resolve in 1-2 weeks. Also now is a great time to see your doctor to discuss all your birth control options, as well as condom use to protect against std's. Take care. ...Read more
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