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What is Stevia Gastritis?

By March 30, 2010 - 7:26pm
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Is it caused from using Stevia? I have been suffering from pain in my upper stomach, with nausea, burping, bloating, and dizziness. I feel generally unwell, I feel a raw gnawing in my stomach. H Pylori was normal. I was given an ultrasound that came back normal, however, blood work revealed my iron is low. From here, should I be scoped? And.......what do you think it may be? Can I have an ulcer without it being H Pylori?

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Can a senior male, who recently experience stomach ulcers use Stevia, as a sugar replacement, eg. 1 pk. per reg cup, or 2 pkgs per large cup, of tea?

July 15, 2013 - 12:06pm
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Hello Anonymous,

It should be safe for you to use Stevia as a sweetener and sugar substitute. Before using any herbal supplement or sugar substitute, check with your primary care physician first.

Stevia has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar. You might want to limit your usage to one packet.


July 19, 2013 - 5:24pm
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Artificial sweeteners can have side effects that include headaches and gastritis. The best way to determine if the artificial sweetener is causing the gastritis is to stop using it and see if the symptoms subside. The EmpowHER reference page provides information on the causes and treatment of gastritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach lining:

Anything that upsets the balance of stomach acid and digestive juices can lead to an ulcer, such as:
* H pylori bacteria
* NSAIDs, which blocks the body's ability to protect the stomach lining
* Diseases that increase acid production such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Rare causes include radiation therapy, bacterial or viral infections, alcohol abuse, injury, and severe stress such as surgery, trauma, head injury, shock, or burns.
You can learn more at the EmpowHER reference page on ulcers:

March 31, 2010 - 6:55pm
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