I bought a little glucometer yesterday . It was actually $10 at CVS. Plus you get a rebate! It contains everything: lancets, test strips. The machine itself is about as big as a watch. A really big watch. It is called the True 2 go, by CVS. There are 10 test strips included, and CVS sells 50 more strips for $35.
I am not diabetic, but I wanted to see for myself if artificial sweeteners actually raise my blood sugar levels. I performed a medical experiment on myself! (Did I mention that I am a Nurse?)
Before drinking a diet root beer (no caffeine, so if the blood sugar does go up, it won't be from caffeine) I took my blood sugar. It was 67 (that is a little low - but I wasn't sweaty or sick or dizzy - not any more than usual!)
I waited 30 minutes. I took my blood sugar again. It was actually 67 again. (no it wasn't the machine -- it was new and calibrated)
Today, I repeated the experiment, this time with Splenda. Before drinking a beverage made with Splenda, my fasting blood glucose was 74. Thirty minutes later the magic number was 70. How odd. I am the exception to every rule, it seems.
At least I've proven to myself that, for me, artificial sweeteners do not raise my blood sugar levels. And the idea that drinking them makes you hungry, so you'll be tempted to go off your diet, well that's just insane. It was kind of refreshing to have a little somethin'/somethin' !
Another great mystery of life, solved - at least for now.
And a shout-out to Jo for the idea of the glucometer!