The quest to lower my insulin production continues, and to that end, I googled "pancreas" and found lots to read. In the Wikipedia material I found:
"Possible causes of hypoglycemia include:
* Oral hypoglycemic agents (e.g., any of the sulfonylureas, or similar drugs, which increase insulin release from beta cells in response to a particular blood glucose level).
* External insulin (usually injected subcutaneously).
* Ingestion of low-carbohydrate sugar substitutes (animal studies show these can trigger insulin release according to a report in Discover
magazine August 2005, p18)." Here is a link to the entire article for those who care to read it:
http://www.discover.com/issues/aug-05/d ... weeteners/
I found the info on sugar substitutes particularly interesting (especially since Splenda affects me negatively); I have seen several articles claiming they are not good for MSers--perhaps because "they trigger insulin release"?
Now I have obtained the issue through the library and find it very good! You may find this info about sugar substitutes interesting, too: "There is only one sweet receptor ,...But unlike any other receptor in the body, it has more than one region that can be activated by different molecules. 'It's like having a gun with two triggers,' DuBois says."....
"Cyclamate is 45 times as sweet as sugar, aspartame and saccharin are 180 and 300 times as sweet, respectively, and sucralose [Splenda] is 600 times sweeter. But the next generation of aspartame, known as neotame, is 13,000 times as sweet as sugar, and other compounds have been isolated that are 100,000 times as sweet."....
"Sucralose, for instance, fits more snugly in the receptor than sucrose, partly because its chlorine atoms carry a stronger charge than the oxygen atoms they replaced. Neotame, which was recently approved by the FDA, locks in so tightly it keeps the receptor firing like a machine gun."
And, yes, "animal studies suggest that artificial sweeteners can also trigger the release of insulin--"
I realize that people find information that supports their beliefs--this is probable one more example. But everything seems to fit so well for me!