How Stevia Could Make Diabetes a Thing of the Past

Dr. James Howenstine’s article, What is the cause and cure for type-2 diabetes?, outlines the most common threads among most type 2 diabetics:

  • Sedentary Life Style
  • High Intake of synthetic hydrogenated transfats
  • High (sp) intake of refined simple carbohydrates (sugar)
  • Absence of adequate amounts of dietary essential Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Inadequate body stores of trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients. When blood sugars are elevated diabetics pass large quantities of urine containing important vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Dietary repletion is difficult until blood sugar control is restored.

The article further details the simplest prevention and curative measures to help diabetics rid themselves of the disease. The bottom line: exercise and diet. Since a sedentary life style (item #1 on the list above) can be cured with routine exercise and is a given on the path towards any healthy lifestyle, let’s look specifically at diet and how stevia may help make type-2 diabetes a thing of the past.

Coupled with proper exercise, the use of safe, healthy sugar alternatives in the first place, may help many people with hypoglycemia, or a pre-diabetic condition, stabilize their blood sugar and prevent them from ever contracting the disease.

The key word being healthy. Dr. Howenstein notes how any sugar substitute … made in a factory [he specifically notes Nutrasweet (aspartame), Sucralose, and Splenda] … is dangerous to health. Many of these contain chlorine. The best safe sweetening substance appears to be the natural substance stevia. Several of the glycosides in stevia have blood sugar lowering capability.

Further, Dr. Patrick B. Massey noted in the Daily Herald (May 20, 2002) that, Stevia has some very interesting properties. It has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. It is used in Latin America as an inexpensive therapy for hyperglycemia.

It must be noted that regaining normal blood sugar values requires the permanent elimination of all packaged foods and the initial ridding of all sugar from one’s diet.

Rebecca Wood, an award winning author of Julia Child & James Beard Cookbook Awards, notes several other foods, along with stevia, that may aid in keeping one’s blood sugar under control, including:

The good news, according to Dr. Howenstein, is that [t]he disease is reversible with appropriate dietary changes in approximately 90% of cases.

Even better news is that the use of safe sugar alternatives, such as stevia, may prevent the onset of the disease before curative measures ever become necessary.


7 Responses to “How Stevia Could Make Diabetes a Thing of the Past”

  1. Susie on February 3rd, 2008 7:19 am

    To whom it may concern:
    I would like to ask if natural or organic sugar is considered to be a safe sweetening agent? I have begun a champaigne to convert ALL of my foods to organic and organic sugar has been one of my major changes, as far as sweetner goes. I have been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic but my blood work is all normal. They say I am insuline resistant but I can control that with diet and exercise, so I want to be certain that I adhere to a diet which is condusive to good health. Can you explain the difference between stevia and organic sugar?
    Thank you.

  2. Diane on December 11th, 2008 11:43 am

    Sugar is a carbohydrate and DOES increase your bodies glucose (blood sugar) levels. Stevia is not a carbohydrate and cannot increase your glucose (blood sugar) levels.

    Sugar is carbohydrate, even if it was produced using organic methods. Stevia is not carbohydrate.

    Gasoline and water are both liquids under similar conditions, but if you put water in your car’s fuel tank, instead of gasoline, your car will stop functioning as a vehicle.


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  4. habib hasbini on October 22nd, 2010 5:39 am

    Doctor I have a question please: Can a diabetic person like me safely consume STEVIA, as a sugar alternative, without increasing the blood sugar level?

    thank you

  5. cavrush on July 4th, 2011 9:38 pm

    I’m using stevia daily but I just got informed about high sugars in my blood. Good bye all juices
    until I’m lower. Still love the stevia

  6. Charlie on August 23rd, 2011 5:08 pm

    Hi Habib, it is supposed that your sugar levels will drop when you use stevia, specially if you have diabetes type 2.
    Maybe a thorough post I wrote about stevia can help you:


  7. John E. on January 11th, 2012 7:55 pm

    It’s NOT just that Stevia is better than sugar, Stevia actually cures Type-2 diabetes! The fact that Stevia is sweet and tastes good is just a secondary consideration. Here’s what happens when you add stevia to a meal:

    Abstract; Stevioside is present in the plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (SrB). Extracts of SrB have been used for the treatment of diabetes in, for example, Brazil, although a positive effect on glucose metabolism has not been unequivocally demonstrated. We studied the acute effects of stevioside in type 2 diabetic patients. Twelve type 2 diabetic patients were included in an acute, paired cross-over study. A standard test meal was supplemented with either 1 g of stevioside or 1 g of maize starch (control). Blood samples were drawn at 30 minutes before and for 240 minutes after ingestion of the test meal. Compared to control, stevioside reduced the incremental area under the glucose response curve by 18% (P =.013). The insulinogenic index (AUC(i,insulin)/AUC(i,glucose)) was increased by approximately 40% by stevioside compared to control (P <.001). Stevioside tended to decrease glucagon levels, while it did not significantly alter the area under the insulin, glucagon-like peptide 1, and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide curves. In conclusion, stevioside reduces postprandial blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetic patients, indicating beneficial effects on the glucose metabolism. Stevioside may be advantageous in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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