Excessive doses of misinformation can result in diabetes

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In October 2020, a study by the Digital New Deal found that the number of false content interactions on Facebook has increased by 242% since 2016. However, social media isn’t the only place where news is skewed, impaling innocent viewers – like you.

A recent study stated that “high doses of saccharin do not lead to diabetes in healthy adults”. This is misleading in many ways.

Many people with serious health problems consider themselves healthy. For example, while 60% of seniors suffer from one or more chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, 82% rate their health as excellent, very good or good. You may mistakenly believe that the results of this study apply to you.

In this country, few people meet the “healthy adult” standards used by researchers: a body mass index of around 22, HDL in their upper 50s, glucose in their upper 80s or lower 90s. Instead, 74% of adults in the US are overweight or obese. over 100 million have diabetes or prediabetes (elevated glucose levels); and around 45 million do not reach the HDL target.

Other studies have found that artificial sweeteners can affect the balance in diabetes – especially if you think you can eat more ultra-processed foods than before!

The smart choice is to enjoy sweet flavors made from whole fruit and 70% cocoa chocolate (1 ounce per day). You want to retrain your taste buds to love the food you love back – and not trick them with fake flavors and low-nutrient calories.

Mehmet Oz, MD, is hosting the “Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, MD, is the chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic. For the healthiest way to live, tune into The Dr. Oz Show or visit sharecare.com.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, MD

and Mehmet Oz, MD

King Features Syndicate