Ingrid and stevia
(Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
I've been using the stevia sweetener that I've bought from a local health shop. In the last month I've been able to cut back on my medicine, going from 4 to 2 pills a day.
I've been diabetic for 2 and a half years now, I'm 59kg and 49 years of age so I'm not overweight, it's genetic.
When I started out with stevia, my dietician didn't think it was a good idea: unreliable, unknown, too little research behind it, and so on. I have a sweet tooth: 3 big pieces of sugar in tea or coffee, at least ten times a day and a lot of sweets and snacks every day, but I never believed I'd be able to cut back on sugar in my tea or coffee.
But I have to say that I'm very happy with stevia, it's better than other sweeteners and I no longer have a bloated feeling.
I personally feel that the dementia is partly caused by all those artificial sweeteners: both my parents have dementia and have always used diet products. We otherwise never had dementia in our family.
It is said that stevia tastes funny but you get used to it very quickly, and it turned out to be better than anything else. I couldn't imagine a life without stevia anymore, I'm very happy with the product in all its forms, and I've chucked out all other sweeteners. Nothing but positive opinions from me.