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Artificial Sweeteners: A Healthy Alternative to Sugar?

Summary: Are there still potential issues with artificial sweeteners?
Air Date: 10/30/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Karl Nadolsky, DO & Spencer Nadolsky, DO
Karl NadolskyDr. Karl Nadolsky, DO, is a staff endocrinologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

He developed and is the director of the Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Institute. Dr. Nadolsky graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with a degree in exercise physiology while earning academic all-American status and was a four time academic all-Big Ten scholar athlete and four time NCAA qualifier for the varsity wrestling team.

He stayed at MSU for 1 year serving as the strength and nutrition coach for the wrestling team. He then graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and completed internship and residency in internal medicine in Portsmouth, Va, graduating in 2011 and is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Following residency, Dr. Nadolsky practiced for two years as a general internist and additionally became certified in obesity medicine as a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

He is a member of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), The Obesity Society, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, National Lipid Association, The Endocrine Society, and American Thyroid Associaion. He is an active member of the AACE scientific subcommittees for obesity and nutrition.

Nutrition interests include optimization of comprehensive endocrine function through diet in addition to exercise and sleep to include obesity, cardiometabolic risk (DM/insulin resistance, lipids), thyroid, sex hormones, and bone health.

Spencer Nadolsky Spencer Nadolsky is a board certified family physician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Nadolsky firmly believes in lifestyle as medicine, focusing on nutrition and exercise to improve his patient's lives.
  • Book Title: The Fat Loss Prescription: 9 Step Plan for Losing Weight and Keeping it Off
Artificial Sweeteners: A Healthy Alternative to Sugar?
Artificial sweeteners seem like a great alternatives to sugar, since they add the sweetness of real sugar without the added calories and health hazards.

However, that's far from the truth. In fact, researchers are also noting that artificial sweeteners might not be that much better for you. Many have criticized artificial sweeteners as the number-one cause for serious health issues including weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

A new meta-analysis that was published in the International Journal of Obesity looked at low-energy sweeteners (LES) and energy intake plus body weight.

What did the meta-analysis find?

Listen in as Karl Nadolsky, DO, and Spencer Nadolsky, DO, share their recent article that discusses the skinny on artificial sweeteners.