I’m type 1 / LADA and have been using Splenda as my sweetener of choice for a long time with no ill effects as far as I can tell but recently I decided to run an experiment. I wanted to see if I could detect any effect on my BGs if I stopped using it or cut way back.
Prior to the experiment I used about 5 or 6 packets a day in coffee and/or my breakfast cereal.
The beginning of last week (May 4th, 2015) I stopped using any in my cereal and reduced the amount in my coffee to approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of a packet. This reduced my daily intake to less than 1 packet, actually closer to 2/3 a packet due to a reduction in the amount of coffee I’ve been drinking (doesn’t taste as good with less sweetener). I was drinking 2 or 3 cups a day, now it’s 1 1/2.
Before the adjustments I hadn’t experienced a hypo in months, last week I had 3, 2 of which I was down to the low 50s and today before lunch I was down to 64 so that makes 4 total in 8 days.
During the experiment I wore a Medtronics Enlite CGM sensor so I wasn’t caught totally off guard but obviously let things go too far before correcting. These things sometimes sneak up on me and I’m really low before I notice it.
Has anyone else run an experiment like this or eliminated use of one of the available artificial sweeteners and noticed a similar reaction?
Any thoughts on why I had the reaction I did?
I’ve seen posts asking whether Splenda raise BGs, which I never noticed, but haven’t seen anybody commenting on whether it reduces the effectiveness of insulin.