Can Artificial Sweeteners Increase Your Risk of This Disease?

Playing Do Artificial Sweeteners Increase Your Diabetes Risk?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon shares that recent research suggests that artificial sweeteners can lead to diabetes risk. Emergency room physician Dr. Jedidiah Ballard says people think drinking this diet stuff is equal in health to water, but it’s not true. 

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He says the chemicals in artificial sweeteners wind up sparking the hunger receptors in the brain and people end up eating worse. Dr. Ordon says this tricks you into thinking you’re hungry. Comedian and actress Kym Whitley jokingly comments, “Oh, so it’s like marijuana!”

Dr. Jedidiah says unfortunately, it’s not a quick fix for weight loss. He advises drinking water and if you want some flavor, adding a tea bag. 

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Dr. Ordon says the bottom line is too many calories and sugar are not good. Too much artificial sweetener is also not good. He advises using in moderation while Dr. Jedidiah is not a fan of using artificial sweeteners at all. He says if you are going to use any, Stevia, a natural sweetener, is his favorite by far.