This Artificial Sweetener Can Literally Lead to Diabetes

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Trying to lose weight? Think about steering clear of “diet” foods sweetened with artificial sweeteners like sucralose: Not only are you setting yourself up for failure-check out how diet soda can make you fat-but new research from George Washington University suggests you’re also putting yourself at risk for metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is a scary cluster of conditions that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat. Each condition is bad enough on its own, but when you have at least three of them, you’re looking at twice the risk of heart disease and three to five times the risk of diabetes. And if you’re already battling obesity, the risk is even higher, warns senior study author, Sabyasachi Sen, MD, an associate professor of medicine at George Washington University and author of the research (which was presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society).

Dr. Sen’s report was the culmination of several studies he and colleagues conducted, which included:

  • Stem cell research: These demonstrated that artificial sweeteners promote fat accumulation within cells, probably as a result of increased activity of genes called “glucose transporters;” the more artificial sweetener the cells were exposed to, the more fat they accumulated.
  • Human fat samples: They collected samples from 18 regular sucralose users, 14 of whom were obese. The researchers noted that sucralose stimulated sugar consumption by the fat cells while encouraging fat-producing genes-an effect that was much more pronounced in the obese volunteers. This confirmed earlier findings that the artificial sweetener promotes diabetic risk factors: “We have much more confidence that low-calorie sweeteners are causing metabolic dysfunction,” Dr. Sen said in a press release.

In an interview with MedPage Today, Dr. Sen expressed concern that artificial sweeteners are “promoted for use in weight loss,” when their negative effects are markedly worse in those who actually need to lose weight. Currently, he’s researching the metabolic effects of other types of artificial sweeteners-beyond sucralose. That said, the solution is not to go back to consuming sugar, Dr. Sen advised: He hopes health-care providers will steer patients away from both sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages.

Think your sweet tooth might be out of control? Watch for these signs, and follow this advice from dietitians on breaking your addiction to sweets.


MoviePass is great, but we’d like these other monthly subscriptions as well


We’ve got MoviePass, we’ve got ClassPass, but don’t we need more? 

Woe are the memories before monthly subscription passes came out. Now, we can work out, watch a movie, work out again, then come home to our Book of the Month!

But it shouldn’t stop there.

Here are 10 more passes that we want, that we need, and on which we would love to become dependent.


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This pass would allow you to pet any dog in the city without their stingy owners getting in the way. Be sure to register 45 minutes early, because these dogs are getting snatched up like hotcakes. Read more…

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Exploring a controversial net neutrality opinion: Not all data should be treated equally

Washington recently became the nation’s first state to pass net neutrality legislation, a law in which violations by all internet service providers (ISPs) are enforceable, under Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. Net neutrality, or the principle that all internet data must be treated and delivered to consumers equally, was repealed at the federal level and remains a source of great debate across the tech industry.    Several states are already exploring passing similar legislation, though it’s worth noting that these laws are widely considered a symbolic move as federal regulation prevents states from passing their own net neutrality legislature. While we…

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The ‘Roomba of toilets’ exists only to clean your skid marks

This article was originally published on NoCamels. Cleaning the toilet bowl is not for the faint of heart. One must usually brave the strong chemicals of cleaning products while wielding a sloppy, germ-infested toilet brush to get the job done. Now, two Haifa-based Israeli entrepreneurs have taken it upon themselves to help people take action against the dirtiest of dumps with just the press of a button. They came up with Toibot, the world’s first motorized toilet bowl cleaning robot. Aiming to rid the world of 90 years of manual toilet-bowl cleaning, Daniel Tokarev, and David Alush have created the full…

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Apple’s macOS 10.13.4 brings full external GPU support to recent MacBooks

Apple’s latest macOS update is the one we’ve all been waiting for. Available now, version 10.13.4 brings support for external graphics cards (eGPU) first announced last June at WWDC. The update solves one of the biggest disadvantages for Apple’s pro-level users. After increasingly shifting even the highest-end MacBooks more toward the consumer end of the spectrum over the last few years, professional video editors, 3D modelers, or VR developers were stuck with relatively mediocre (and non-upgradeable) GPUs – and only on the 15 inch models. The 12 inch MacBook and the 13 inch MacBook Pro still rely on integrated graphics.…

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‘Roseanne’ renewed for second season already. Man.


Love it or hate it so, so much, the Roseanne reboot got a second season.

After a massive ratings premiere on Tuesday, ABC announced Friday that they would be renewing the controversial sitcom for its second season. 

The internet was torn up, for better or worse.

Though critics had been talking about the show for weeks, the show’s ratings shocked even the most hardened skeptics. On Tuesday night, a staggering 18.2 million viewers tuned in. The total viewercast has grown by over 3.4 million in recent days.

The announcement comes on the heels of news that President Trump called Roseanne, a Trump supporter, himself to congratulate her on the show’s ratings success. Read more…

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