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Type 1 Artificial Sweetners

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by MisterMints, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:51 AM.

  1. MisterMints

    MisterMints Type 1 · Member

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    I have a sweet tooth. There's no two ways about it and I like a sweet cup of tea. However, I find that using artificial sweeteners raise my blood sugar by quite a bit. For example, after a single cup of tea my blood can go from a reading of 5-7 to 18+

    I've been T1 for 20+ years so you'd have thought I'd have the hang of it by now, but I can't work out how much insulin to take with a 2 sweetener tablet cup of tea, or even if I should since it's supposed to be sugar free!

    Does this happen to you? How do you manage it?

    Anyone know why it happens?
     
  2. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Which sweetener are you using and what's in it? Is it made of dextrose?
     
  3. MisterMints

    MisterMints Type 1 · Member

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    At the moment it's sucralose, but I've used aspartame and Stevia with the same results
     
  4. cockercas

    cockercas Type 1 · Member

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    Ive stopped having sweetner and went back to sugar in my tea, just increased the insulin.
    If you have to inject for it you might aswell have the real deal.
     
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  5. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Hibiscus and rosehips raise me ridiculous.
     
  6. glavesr

    glavesr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with cockercas I had the same issue so I started to take 0.5 u per level teaspoon of sugar because I am on a 1:1 ratio and a teaspoon of sugar is 1/2 a carb portion (DAFNE guide) and I never looked back
     
  7. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Or...take less insulin and don’t eat sugar
     
  8. glavesr

    glavesr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Insulin is there for a reason y deny my self something I enjoy over something I carnt stand life is for living not denying myself the simple pleasure of a cup of coffee for the sake of a 10 seconds of discomfort
     
  9. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. To each his own...
     
  10. cockercas

    cockercas Type 1 · Member

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    And denying yourself it means you will hate it.
    Im alot happier since i just ate what i liked and injected then really wishing i could eat something and not inject.
    Thats where the diabetes gets you down.
     
  11. glavesr

    glavesr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For the most part yes but after nine years I just whack another needle in with active insulin settings on my libre/accu-chek expert it tells you if you need to inject anymore to compensate for the spike so for me if the spur of the moment snack comes I just inject away
    Hating diabetes leads down very dangerous paths after 9 years of fighting it I finally realised who's in control me or the illness
     
  12. bangkokdiabetic

    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Active Member

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    My View is if for years your body has reacted to sugar (sweet) it may take a while to adjust to a sweetener. I myself use Stevia and avoid chemical sweeteners but if you buy your stevia from a supermarket please read the label in the past I have found products labelled STEVIA containing Various chemical additives and even one that was 50% sugar some people tend to find stevia leaves a bitter taste try slowly reducing the amount you use you will be surprised how little you need to achieve a sweet cuppa. stevia that comes in tablet form I find is usually mixed with something else. buy the powdered form and check the % is at least 95%
    Increasing you medication is not wise. yes like if I Go to a party at someone's house I increase my Lantus and whilst still avoiding most sweet things I can eat enough no to offend my host without to much of a spike
     
  13. cockercas

    cockercas Type 1 · Member

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    Why is it not wise to increase insulin?
    Its what your body produces naturally.
    If you're injecting 3units you might aswell inject 5 and have something you enjoy.

    Its something you have to do for the rest of your life so theres little point in been shy about it.
     
  14. bangkokdiabetic

    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Active Member

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  15. bangkokdiabetic

    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Active Member

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    What I was trying to Say is my no.1 objective is to lower and stabilize my Blood Sugar by watching what I eat. Hopefully leading to a reduction of medicine (which Lantus is.?) If one says I Will Eat or drink something packed with sugar (Because I can increase my insulin medication intake ) I think this is incorrect as I said in my original Post I do this on rare occasions for social reasons not as a way of allowing myself to eat things I know are bad for me This is my view
     
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