Coffee and diabetes

By Bazza27 Latest Reply 2011-08-26 10:20:09 -0500
Started 2011-08-25 14:45:21 -0500

Personally I have found over the last 6 months that coffee significantly alters my blood sugar tolerance. Without coffee I will get hypo signs at around 4 and know I am high at around 14………when I drink 2 or cups of coffee in a day I find my ability to notice these signs changes. I can go as low as 2.5 before noticing a hypo and exceed 20 without the usual thirst and irritability. Has anyone else noticed this (I found out as I drink coffee at work and have been off sick for 3 months and not drunk any!!)

5 replies

Marytea 2011-08-26 10:20:09 -0500 Report

I have one cup of cafe du monde (coffee with chicory) with a bit of milk and Splenda every morning and plan to be buried with a can of it. LOL. It doesn't seem to do much to my bg levels. I do count the carbs in the milk.

robertoj 2011-08-25 22:27:19 -0500 Report

My doctor told me drink 2 cups a day for another condition. You have peaked my curiosity I will have to monitor it.

sheriden 2011-08-25 22:47:53 -0500 Report

I drink coffee all the time and make sure i drink allot of water so I do not get sick. But never noticed any change. I will have to watch and see. I know of allot of things that they now say coffee is good for, But we here on DC need to be aware of these things thanks for sharing.

JDCA2025 2011-08-25 19:03:18 -0500 Report

I'm a bit of a coffee addict, and I've never really noticed it's ability to change how I perceive blood sugar. Does coffee make you jittery? Perhaps, if it does, you just become used to it, and in turn don't notice when "jittery" is actually the first sign of low blood sugar.

Type1Lou 2011-08-25 17:34:05 -0500 Report

I drink 2 cups of coffee every morning and have not noticed any change in sensitivity to my BG readings. Of course, I can't remember the last time I didn't drink coffee in the morning. It's something I mayl have to try. I am usually pretty cognizant of oncoming lows and can catch and treat them in time. Since I live in the US, we use a different scale for BG (why??? who knows?) I usually start to feel a low BG at 60 or so but that level seems to be very variable depending on the individual. It will be interesting to see what others have to say.