Artificial sweeteners may drive diabetes, Israeli study finds

September 18, 2014 11:09 AM

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Artificial sweeteners may drive diabetes, Israeli study finds

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science.

In work that raises questions over whether artificial sweeteners -- widely seen as "healthier" substitutes for sugars -- should be reassessed, the researchers said the substances altered the balance of microbes in the gut linked to susceptibility to metabolic diseases like diabetes.

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