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March 12, 2016

Mar 12, 2016


You may have seen a recent study that has brought into question the safety of SPLENDA®, leading to the downgraded safety rating of sucralose by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). As we have seen before, these studies seem to find their way in to the press regardless of the credibility associated with them. This time it is a study only done on mice and published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. This is a small journal and features studies completed by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy. In past years safety officials have not given much credit to their studies, and it is almost impossible to find any of their studies in larger, more widely accepted medical journals.

This  study will get publicity regardless of what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada and the World Health Organization have to say.  There will be a bunch of natural sugar zealots who will cause many of our patients to stay away from sucralose-containing products.

It is too bad that good news doesn’t garner ad revenues like bad news does, even if the bad is seemingly not true.

While we are talking about untrue facts, you may want to look at our featured article, which weighs in on the idea of extreme exercise in diabetes patients. To help you sort out the facts, you may read commentary by our own Sheri Colberg to learn the real story.



Diabetes Summit 2016

DIC Publisher Steve Freed will be attending the GTCbio 2016 Diabetes Summit, to be held April 25-27, 2016 in Boston, MA.  This unique event encompasses the drug discovery and partnering aspects of diabetes in two individual conferences that take place concurrently. Click here for more information.

Free CME Courses
Our web site CME resource is back online! Be sure to check out the new CME courses posted there. Courses are currently available on topics including: Advances in the Medical & Surgical Management of Obesity; Diabetic Retinopathy; Strategies to Improve Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes; and more! Sunday, March 13, 7PM ET

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief