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Effects of artificial sweetener in the maternal diet on offspring fertility

42 months
Approved budget:
Pania Bridge-Comer
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Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
There is evidence that artificial sweeteners, as found in ‘diet’ or ‘light’ options, increase blood sugar and promote obesity. Limited information exists regarding the outcome of these compounds on the maternal metabolism and that of the offspring. Given the prevalence of ‘diet’ soft drinks in New Zealand and raising obesity, understanding how artificial sweeteners affect the mother and the offspring, and whether they contribute to negative metabolic health outcomes, is important.