Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002319
Title: Awareness of health effects of aspartame among diabetic patients
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim and Background: The aim of this study was to create awareness about knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding the usage of aspartame among diabetic patients. Introduction: Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are becoming popular as an alternative to sugar. Increased incidence of diabetes and metabolic syndrome coupled with heightened consumer awareness has led to a steady shift toward the use of low-calorie artificial sweeteners. There have been claims that diabetics can experience adverse health effects from consuming aspartame. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in Saveetha Dental College outpatient department. It consisted of 102 diabetic subjects of ages between 22 and 50, both males and females. A questionnaire was prepared based on the following: their name, age, and for how long they were diabetic, if they use aspartame and if they do for how many times a day, if aspartame was suggested by their doctor, if they experience any of the side effects (headache, nausea, weight gain, stress, and increase in blood sugar level), and if they are aware of the side effects. The survey was then analyzed using proper statistics and results were concluded. Result: According to this study and its statistics, nearly 85% of the subjects did not experience side effects such as nausea and headaches. Only 30.1% of the subjects noticed a gain in weight after using aspartame. Even though 60.9% of the subject population were already aware of the side effects that aspartame causes, they still continued to use aspartame. More than 60.5% of the patients taken for the study were not aware of the danger in ingesting aspartame with very hot drinks. Conclusion: From our study, we conclude that the artificial sweetener aspartame has both beneficial and harmful effects on the regular lifestyle of diabetics who are dependent on it. Patients were educated to get the knowledge about the benefits and harmful side effects of aspartame through this questionnaire awareness.

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    S. M. Azima Hanin1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 *, R. Gayathri 2

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    1 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: V. Vishnu Priya, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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    S. M. Azima Hanin1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 *, R. Gayathri 2

    Title:Awareness of health effects of aspartame among diabetic patients
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (July)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (1063-1066)
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    Methodology: Blood glucose level, Diabetic, Side effects, Stress, Weight gain
    Research Materials:Artificial sweetener, Aspartame

Keywords

Artificial sweetener Aspartame Blood glucose level Diabetic Side effects Stress Weight gain

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