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Ask the doctor: Do artificial sweeteners cause insulin resistance?

Ask the doctor Q. Iíve heard that artificial sweeteners increase the risk of developing insulin resistance. Is that true? Are some types worse than others? A. Youíve asked a question scientists are still working to answer. Studies of artificial sweeteners are mixed, with some indicating that people using them eat fewer calories and lose weight or maintain a stable weight. However, in a few studies, artificial sweeteners were associated with…

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