Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             31 March, 2023

Category:  Articles » Health & Fitness » Diabetes


Type 2 Diabetes - Do Diet Sodas Affect Your Self-Control As Well As Your Weight?

         Views: 1635
2010-10-27 08:06:35     
Article by Beverleigh H Piepers

Deferred gratification, the ability to forgo a small reward now to obtain a larger reward later, is an important element of self-control and, to some degree, this is an important mindset to have for anyone with Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the University of North Dakota have found that drinking diet soda undermines self-control, and ironically, may predispose Type 2 diabetics and dieters to eating too much and gaining weight... which they then try to take off later, again with diet sodas.

The North Dakota research team recruited students and offered them seven payouts, a smaller amount of money at the time of the experiment, or a larger amount of money at a later date. (Students, of course, tend to need money now rather than later, but this reality may have been considered in the research protocol). They took the students' blood sugar levels before and after the study, and then they offered the students either a diet drink, flavored with aspartame, or a regular soda, flavored with sugar.

Research showed: The scientists found that the students who drank diet soda tended to want to take the money and run. Students who drank the sugar-sweetened soft drink... more often opted for more money at a later time. The researchers believe that a combination of sweet taste and nil calories sends a signal to the brain of the possibility of a future calorie crisis, that somehow food is not providing the nutrients the body needs and it is essential to eat more.

This anxiety about the future may spill over to decisions regarding self-control and deferred gratification. The North Dakota scientific team believes that these findings may be relevant to understanding anxiety, depression, and gambling addiction. Type 2 diabetics who rely on artificially sweetened drinks may keep these findings in mind, especially if they know they have issues with impulse control.

Diet soda: As you know regular sodas and sugary drinks are connected to obesity... but what about diet sodas. Sugar substitutes such as Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet and more, are certainly marketed as weight-loss aids, but the research into their effectiveness is mixed. A small number of studies show switching to diet drinks can help you lose some weight but drinkers of diet soda are typically heavier than the general population. That could be due to the fact they were:

overweight to begin with and began drinking diet soda to held them lose weight, or
as some researchers have suggested, because they taste sweeter than sugar, artificial sweeteners actually train your taste buds to prefer very sweet foods.

This in turn drives you to eat more sweets... and calories or kilojoules.

So what can you drink:

sparkling water (plain or calorie-free flavored)
unsweetened ice tea
hot tea

Caffeine can raise the blood sugar level in some people, so if your blood sugar level rises consistently after tea or coffee, changing to decaffeinated tea or coffee will help with lower blood sugar levels.

And now I would like you to claim your Free E-Book when you click on Answers to Your Questions

There you will find answers to the many question diabetics are asking.

When you click this link you will see how you can Beat The Belly Fat Blues Beverleigh Piepers RN... the Diabetes Detective.

Beverleigh Piepers is the author of this article. This article can be used for reprint on your website provided all the links in the article are complete and active. Copyright (c) 2010 - All Rights Reserved Worldwide

Specialized in: Beverleigh H Piepers
URL: http://drugfreetype2diabetes.com/
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
Is Hypoglycemia Just Diabeties In Reverse? (Popularity: ): Hypoglycemia is a medical term referring to a pathologic state produced by a lower than normal amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The term hypoglycemia literally means "low blood sugar".Hypoglycemia can produce a variety of symptoms and effects but the principal problems arise from an inadequate supply of glucose as fuel to the brain, resulting in impairment of function. Derangements of function can range from vaguely "feeling bad" to ...
Psychological Strategies to Overcome Diabetes Depression (Popularity: ): 1. Take Notice of Your ThoughtsBecoming aware of your thinking styles and the thoughts that you regularly have are an important part of managing the frustrations caused by living with diabetes. Start to become more mindful of the thoughts you are having before, during and after you notice yourself feeling dissatisfaction or stress. Thoughts can be very fleeting and learning to notice them rather than respond to them automatically is ...
Diabetes Long Term Complications - Important Facts That You Should Know (Popularity: ): Diabetes is a disease which is related with the problem of blood sugar. If it is not controlled properly then it may result in various types of problems. Basically this problem is related with two types of problems or complications.1. Short term complications 2. Long term complicationsShort term complication is related with the problem of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, ketoacidosis, and hyper-osmolar syndrome. In all these complications the patient must be aware ...
What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy (Popularity: ): Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels. The hormone insulin is responsible for converting the sugar level or glucose in blood into energy for the body to use as it sees fit. Insulin uses the glucose and hence reduces the blood sugar level. Excessive blood sugar can have serious consequences to the health. Thus diabetes is a disease that interferes with the bodies ability to process sugar by impeding ...
Proper Diabetic Menu is Vital (Popularity: ): Having a diabetic menu is extremely important , as the maintenance of good health of the diabetes patients highly depends on the selection as well as adaptation of proper menu. In this connection, a proper menu is a low calorie diet. Apart from being low calorie, a diabetic list of food has to be low cholesterol and low glucose level too. This way, a menu has to contain all these ...

Related Business 
Diabetic Diet Plan (Popularity: ): Diabetic diet plan is essential for diabetes patient to control health condition. So many reasons like unhealthy diet, erroneous lifestyle and unhealthy nutritional diet that guide to diabetes. Once a person diagnosed with diabetes, nothing he can do, except control it. Besides medication, patients can take diabetic diet which is directly responsible to manage and aggravate diabetes condition. Sometimes diabetic diet is called as medical therapy.
Manage Type 2 Diabetes (Popularity: ): GLUMETZA is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. For full boxed warning and safety information please visit the official site.
Diabetes Tution (Popularity: ): Diabetes Tution is providing unique and absolute information about diabetes problems its type, symptoms and ways to control diabetes normally.
Life with Diabetes (Popularity: ): Diabetes symptoms differ slightly among types, but Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes require different treatments. Insulin, diabetic diets, and blood glucose levels are explained.
Weight Loss and Diet Pills (Popularity: ): Weight loss has become a fad among young and old individuals alike. In context to the various health related risks obesity and excessive weight encompasses such as diabetes, high cholesterol amid others; weight loss is definitely a good idea. Just Loose Weight primarily aims to acquaint you about the ways necessitated to keep you stay fit and in the right shape with minimal effort.
Fortis C-Doc Healthcare (Popularity: ): Fortis C-Doc Healthcare best hospital for diabetes treatment in India is focused on speciality Medical centres for management of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes foot care and wound care. Advanced centre for hyperbaric oxygen therapy Weight Loss (scientific) & bariatric surgery.
Low GI Diet Breakthrough (Popularity: ): A blog that highlights why the Low GI Diet is the ultimate solution to losing weight and controlling diabetes.
Diet For Weight Loss (Popularity: ): A very informative website showing you different ways to lose weight fast and effectively. Combination of exercises, diet and a whole lot more. Close to a hundred million Americans go on a weight loss diet in any given year and up to ninety-five percent of them regain the weight they lose within five years.
Diabetic Supplies Onlin (Popularity: ): TypeFreeDiabetes.com is the premier source for your diabetic needs on-line. At TypeFreeDiabetes.com, you can enjoy a balanced diabetic lifestyle by learning about - how to control blood sugar, lower body fat, diet to prevent diabetes, reduce diabetes medications and reverse diabetes complications.
Diabetic Supplies Online (Popularity: ): TypeFreeDiabetes.com is the premier source for your diabetic needs on-line. At TypeFreeDiabetes.com, you can enjoy a balanced diabetic lifestyle by learning about - how to control blood sugar, lower body fat, diet to prevent diabetes, reduce diabetes medications and reverse diabetes complications.