The effect of artificially sweetened beverages on diabetes control in adults with type 2 diabetes

HS 2018-4756
Andrew Odegaard, PhD, MPH

UCI Medical Center

UC Irvine main campus

The purpose of this study is to test an important question in relation to dietary recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes. Do artificially sweetened beverages, (aka diet beverages) influence aspects of diabetes control?

Men and women who are at least 35 years of age and:

  • Have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by a physician at least six (6) months ago
  • Are in stable treatment/therapy for at least three (3) months 
  • Consume artificially sweetened beverages (diet beverages) and are willing to continue consuming them for six (6) months or avoid them for six (6) months (drink water in place) (all beverages are provided) 
  • Not actively looking to lose weight or alter diet or lifestyle (physical activity patterns) during the study participation period

Nine (9) study visits over sx (6) months for biospecimen collection and measurement (e.g., blood collection and blood pressure), plus time related to reporting dietary habits. Total estimated active time commitment is five (5) hours.

It is possible that the consumption or avoidance of diet beverages may have an effect on glycemic control, as well as other parameters important in diabetes control. The results from this study will directly inform dietary recommendations and nutrition therapy for type 2 diabetes. Thus the benefit to society ultimately could be significant.

Total compensation is $425 if all study visits and data collection avenues are completed.

Diet therapy
Syma Rashid, MBBS, or Andrew Odegaard, PhD, MPH, UCI Department of Epidemiology