Topic: Effects of Aspartame on Blood Sugar
I'm so glad to be able to have a place to share concerns about aspartame.
I found you because I recently had some distressing lab results that don't make sense to me. I'm having them repeated but one thing I've been wondering about is whether aspartame could trigger a spike in my glucose level. I was scheduled for a fasting glucose test and refrained from eating and drinking for about 12 hours before I went to the lab. On the way there, I inadvertently popped some sugar-free gum in my mouth and chewed it for a little while. Did not remember I had actually done this until after I received the distressing news that my glucose level was at 7.2. Last time I had it tested, it was only 5.4 (about 2 years ago). I'm not really a regular sugar eater and although a little overweight, it's nothing 20 pounds can fix.
Although I might have some of the symptoms listed for type 2 diabetes, mostly frequently needing to pee (sorry...), the thought that I have diabetes just doesn't "feel" right. So many of the symptoms for type 2 seem like they could be also listed for a dozen or more other diseases.
I also wonder if aspartame can interfere with the body's ability to absorb nutrients such as iron or calcium.
I have been drinking diet coke since it was introduced which is about 27 years. I drink 4 to 6 cans every day and although it might not sound like SO MUCH, if you consider how long I've been drinking it, that's a lot of diet coke. I've probably been ingesting more of it via "light" foods I buy at the grocery, but I don't frequently buy those.
I have experienced a lot of the symptoms others have listed for aspartame poisoning. Things like a weird lack of equillibrium for a moment, fatigue, nausea, changes in heart rate, memory loss and I even had hives a while ago. Don't get me started on mood changes, and one of the worst for me, abdominal cramps/bloating that is unrelated to my period.
I just did a costco run about a week ago and have 2 flats of diet coke in my beverage fridge which I specifically purchased in order to always have a "cold one" available when I wanted it. 4-6 times a day. LOL! Somebody tell me to open each and every one over the sink....
Last edited by Puffy (04-22-2009 5:02 pm)