The videos included in this section are a combination of interviews with
experts in relation to new or upcoming studies about low calorie
sweeteners, outcomes of, and discussions coming from scientific events,
as well as content from ISA activities such as campaigns conducted in
support of World Diabetes Day.
We would like to invite you to watch the videos showcased below for more insightful information about a number of scientific issues such as obesity, diabetes, appetite control food intake, sweet taste, and of course low calorie sweeteners.
In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Dr Aimilia Papakonstantinou has given an insightful interview about the role of balanced diet and physical activity in diabetes prevention and management. The theme of this year’s WDD is ‘Eyes on diabetes’, and on this basis Dr Papakonstantinou outlines the effect of dietary and lifestyle changes on reducing the risk of diabetes complications such as retinopathy.
With regard to the role of low calorie sweeteners in diabetes, Dr Papakonstantinou suggests that they can be safely consumed by people with diabetes as low calorie sweeteners do not affect blood glucose or insulin levels, based on available human studies.
In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Dr Caomhan Logue summarises the dietary and lifestyle principles that can help people with diabetes in achieving good glycaemic control. Dr Logue also highlights the integral role of dietitians in helping people with diabetes to manage their blood glucose levels more effectively by translating the scientific evidence and communicating that to the public, as well as helping people with diabetes in adopting healthier behaviours.
In his role also as a dietitian, Dr Logue supports that low calorie sweeteners can help people with diabetes to reduce the sugar and energy intake while maintaining the palatability of the diet, and therefore suggests that low calorie sweeteners can be included as an option in an individualised diet for people with diabetes.
Prof Adam Drewnowski outlines in this video the aim and objectives of the Consensus statement on the benefits of low-calorie sweeteners, published in the December 2014 issue of Nutrition Bulletin, and further highlights the key conclusion and consensus among experts in their fields that low calorie sweeteners do work in reducing sugar and energy intake in the diet and also are linked with better health behaviours.
Under the umbrella theme “It’s easy to start with one simple step!” this animated video explains the importance of getting small, everyday choices right in order to help people live a healthier life with diabetes without complications. This video also aims to address in a creative and informative way the key lifestyle and dietary guidelines for people with diabetes, including the role low calorie sweeteners can play in helping manage blood glucose levels as a safe option to enjoy sweet taste without calories and most importantly without affecting blood glucose and insulin.
This video takes us through the everyday small changes that do really matter in the management of diabetes, like being active and following a balanced diet. Small changes can help people with diabetes avoid serious health problems and complications. It doesn’t have to be hard or take out of the diet all the foods and drinks that people enjoy. Low calorie sweetened foods and drinks can help people with diabetes manage blood sugar levels, without having to sacrifice all the foods they enjoy.
In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Prof Anne Raben highlights in this video the importance of lifestyle interventions in diabetes management and talks about the Preview Project (acronym of PREVention of diabetes), an international 3-year intervention programme in 2,500 pre-diabetic overweight and obese children and adults. The primary goal of this large multicentre study, which is coordinated by Prof Anne Raben, is to identify the most efficient combination of diet and exercise for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in this population.
In relation to low calorie sweeteners’ role, Prof Raben supports that they can be helpful in helping people, including people with diabetes, to reduce their sugar intake.