So what is the concern over aspartame and diabetes? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is recommending and accepts the FDA’s conclusion that the consumption of Aspartame is safe and can be part of a healthy diet.
Despite the research that is sounding the alarm all over the country and all over the world and despite the fact that an entire state, New Mexico, is trying to ban Aspartame, this dangerous substance is still being considered a “part of a healthy diet.” YIKES!
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Should diabetic patients, in particular, be concerned about aspartame?
Let’s let the experts tell us if we should be concerned about aspartame and diabetes:
According to research conducted by H.J. Roberts, a diabetes specialist, a member of the ADA, and an authority on artificial sweeteners, Aspartame:
1) Leads to the precipitation of clinical diabetes.
2) Causes poorer diabetic control in diabetics on insulin or oral drugs.
3) Leads to the aggravation of diabetic complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis.
4) Causes convulsions.
In a statement concerning the use of products containing aspartame by persons with diabetes and hypoglycemia, Roberts says: “Unfortunately, many patients in my practice, and others seen in consultation, developed serious metabolic, neurological and other complications that could be specifically attributed to using Aspartame products.
This was evidenced by:
“The loss of diabetic control, the intensification of hypoglycemia, the occurrence of presumed ‘insulin reactions’ (including convulsions) that proved to be Aspartame reactions, and the precipitation, aggravation or simulation of diabetic complications (especially impaired vision and neuropathy) while using these products.”
“Dramatic improvement of such features after avoiding Aspartame, and the prompt predictable recurrence of these problems when the patient resumed aspartame products.”
Roberts goes on to say:
“I regret the failure of other physicians and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to sound appropriate warnings to patients and consumers based on these repeated findings which have been described in my corporate-neutral studies and publications.”
Dr. Roberts realized Aspartame was a poison when it was approved because his diabetic patients began going blind, being confused and their blood sugar could not be controlled. He testified before Congress and in his first press conference said that if something was not done then in 5 or 10 years we would have a global plague on our hands. Indeed, it was Dr. Roberts who declared aspartame disease to be a global epidemic and published the 1038 page medical text on it: Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills stated that “excitotoxins such as that found in aspartame can precipitate diabetes in persons who are genetically susceptible to the disease.”
Blaylock also states:
“With the public concern over childhood obesity and diabetes, few are being told of the overwhelming evidence that early exposure to excitotoxins (as found in aspartame) consistently produce gross obesity and insulin resistant diabetes, just as we are seeing in our youth.”
Studies all over the world are linking the use of Aspartame not just to diabetes but also to brain tumors and leukemia.
An Italian Study (3 years) just recently released on Aspartame proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that aspartame is a carcinogen. It caused malignant brain tumors, leukemia and lymphoma. You can read the entire study on http://www.wnho.net ,click on aspartame.
So Exactly, How do sweeteners affect the pancreas?
According to Dr. Roberts, “They can have direct and indirect effects. One result, of course, is the secretion of insulin. When humans take something that is sweet, the body infers that sugar is being ingested. In anticipation of its arrival, the pancreas reflexively releases insulin. This is one way in which aspartame affects the pancreas. It can also cause considerable stimulation of the exocrine part of the pancreas that involves the pancreatic juices. This may even produce pancreatitis –inflammation of the pancreas–which in the process might disturb the islet cells.
There is an enormous reserve of pancreatic juices. At least 60 percent or more of the pancreas would have to be destroyed before interfering with pancreatic function would occur. One way to stimulate the pancreas to produce its secretions is to give amino acids, including phenylalanine, with or without another amino acid.
In Dr. Robert’s experience, aspartame products have produced clinical pancreatitis. To his knowledge, neither the long-term effects to the secretory pancreas nor the relationship to the subsequent over stimulation of the pancreas, in terms of tumors, has been studied.”
How does Aspartame affect the pancreas in diabetic patients?
Roberts suggests, “There can be several outcomes. First, patients might be making too much insulin and can have severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) attacks. Aspartame can release almost as much insulin as glucose.
It has been known for many years that oral and intravenous phenylalanine and other amino acids cause marked elevation of insulin. In my books, I go into this in great detail. On the one hand, we are talking about the stimulation of more insulin and hypoglycemia. Further study is needed to determine whether, over the long term, this will over stimulate the islets that make insulin.
The other aspect is the diabetogenic state and loss of diabetic control through various mechanisms that include the wasting of insulin, the impairment of glucose transport, the increase of the growth hormone and glucagon, and perhaps blocking insulin receptors.”
Why does Aspartame seem to aggravate diabetes?
Roberts states “Some of the reasons/mechanisms Aspartame might aggravate diabetes and hypoglycemia includes the following:
-Marked changes in appetite and weight as reflected by paradoxic weight gain or severe loss of weight.
-Excessive insulin secretion and depletion of the insulin reserve
-Possible alteration of cellular receptor sites for insulin, with ensuing insulin resistance
-Neurotransmitter alterations within the brain and peripheral nerves
-The toxicity of each of the three components of aspartame (phenylalanine; aspartic acid: the methylester, which promptly becomes methyl alcohol or methanol), and their multiple breakdown products after exposure to heat or during prolonged storage.”
What can be done to protect the pancreas from Aspartame?
Roberts states “that Aspartame products should be taken off the market because of my belief that this artificial sweetener is an imminent public health hazard. I have stated this recommendation to Congress and have mentioned it in many articles and texts.”
If you enjoyed reading this article, Aspartame and Diabetes you may want to read my other articles on aspartame and the potential health risks associated with its use.