Experts at Chellaram Diabetes Clinic, Pune answer your questions on Diabetes. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .I'm 18 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 10 years ago. I have always had a sweet tooth and it is difficult for me to curb my sweet cravings. I have read that artificial sweeteners provide the same sweetness as normal sugar. Can I have artificial sweeteners?.Depending on your blood glucose and Hba1c (average 3 months sugar levels) you may use artificial sweeteners. However, if your blood glucose levels are high then you may need to optimise your medication. If your sugar control is adequate you may have a minimum of two tablets and maximum four tablets a day of artificial sweeteners. The recommended brands would be Stevia, Splenda and Natura..Gouri Kukade.Consultant Nutritionist.I'm a 39 year old obese man. I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have heard a lot about meal powders and supplements. Do they actually help? Along with weight loss do they bring blood glucose levels under control. Please advise..GET TUSHIMA TO ANSWER THIS..OR.I'm a 22 year old woman expecting my first baby. I was recently diagnosed with gestational Diabetes at 7 months. The doctor has prescribed Metformin 1000mg twice a day. Is it safe to take metformin during pregnancy? I have heard that insulin is much safer than oral medications. Please advise..SEE IF ANY OF THE DOCTORS CAN ANSWER THIS.