Caffeine or no caffeine that is the question.

By KE5ICS Latest Reply 2012-02-27 14:43:25 -0600
Started 2012-02-27 13:44:17 -0600

I have type 1 diabetes which is under control and high blood pressure that I am on a winning mission to get under control. I have recently realized that the caffeinated soda whether it is diet or not has a pretty good effect on my blood pressure. I have since in the last three months or so stopped the consumption of caffeinated beverages, can anyone tell me if diet non-caffeinated and or decaffeinated tea still effect me in a negative way?

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jayabee52 2012-02-27 14:40:09 -0600 Report

Howdy Chavolgo!

I take it from your stopping the caffeinated soda the "pretty good effect" on your BP was neither pretty nor good.

Your BP may not be affected by your drinking of non decaf diet sodas, but what of the affect on your other body parts? I believe that one's eating may be triggered by taking in something which was sweet, and your body was fooled by the sweetness, but didn't get the rise in Blood Glucose (BG) as a result of the sweetness. Your body then goes on a mission looking for the rise in BG levels it was denied. The result was binge eating. Not good! I read something recently (don't remember where) where 70% of participants in a study on the effects of non caloric sweetener had a greatly expanded waistline when the study was concluded than before the study started.

Teas may be OK — if you can drink them without sweeteners. If you drink them with the non-caloric sweeteners you run into the same problem as one does when drinking the sodas.

There is an interesting article about green tea from Livestrong Here ~

I guess you choose your "poison" and take your chances, or you limit yourself to water alone.

Blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

Caroltoo 2012-02-27 14:20:29 -0600 Report

I haven't noticed any issues (with diabetes or blood pressure) with decaffinated or non-caffinated teas. During the warmer months I drink lots of iced tea … both decaffinated black tea and green teas.

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