The Role of Low-calorie Sweeteners in Diabetes

Eur Endocrinol. 2013 Aug;9(2):96-98. doi: 10.17925/EE.2013.09.02.96. Epub 2013 Aug 23.


As the incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes continue to rise, the identification of components that contribute to or are associated with this disease has become a priority. One of the main factors that has been linked to type 2 diabetes is excessive weight gain, and reduction in weight has been recommended for both diabetes prevention and management. Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) provide an alternative to added sugars and may facilitate weight loss or maintenance by limiting caloric intake. Considerable attention has been given to the role of LCS and their relationship to type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that LCS can serve an important role in diabetes prevention and management. Substituting sugars with LCS provides patients with type 2 diabetes considerable flexibility in their health goals and personal dietary preferences.

Keywords: Type 2 diabetes; low-calorie sweeteners.

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Support: The publication of this article was supported by The Coca-Cola Company. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors.