Is coffee really beneficial for diabetes control?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2012-09-09 17:43:09 -0500
Started 2012-08-08 12:28:34 -0500

Here is a study that shows that perhaps coffee and tea help prevent the risk of diabetes. I know that this has been discussed quite a bit in the past, but I am interested to know what you think.

For those of us that have diabetes have you seen the benefits from drinking coffee or tea?

21 replies

liquorish 2012-09-09 14:32:27 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with T2 17 years ago. I started drinking coffee when I was 5, with cream and sugar. I drank at least one pot a day when I got older. I smoked also. When I quit smoking, 27 years ago, the coffee didn't taste the same, so I quit drinking as much. I don't think the coffee had an affect one way or the other. I think poor nutrition when I was young, bad eating habits all my life, little to no exercise, and continuous stress without relief, migraine headaches since the age of 12, and little sleep each night is what ganged up on me and caused it to come on so early. I drink 1-3 cups a day now, with diet sugar, and it does not affect my BS levels. Everyone is different, though, so we have to try things because something just might work. In one of the replies, someone takes fenugreek seeds. I have never heard of them, but will look it up and maybe try it. Liquorish

Michael_1960 2012-09-08 18:29:27 -0500 Report

I used to drink alot of tea, and a cup or two of coffee on the weekends with my breakfast, it hasn't caused my b/s levels to rise, and I haven't noticed it to go up any.

dal1956 2012-08-23 14:54:15 -0500 Report

Well I think coffee is fine as long as you do not add sugar or drink pre-sweeten coffee. Than there's the creamer. No french vinella please(smile) but I've found that if you use the diet creamers it is OK, in moderation that is.

dietcherry 2012-08-10 09:24:46 -0500 Report

I have long heard that coffee is beneficial in providing some protection against T2. T1 and T2 have different etiologies so there is no similar benefit for we T1s. :)

old biker
old biker 2012-08-09 07:57:43 -0500 Report

Coffee is part of my morning ritual..I don't know if it helps my D but it helps my mood..I am plain cranky with out my morning cup :-)

locarbarbie 2012-08-10 16:01:33 -0500 Report

You and me both, LOL! I gave up smoking easier than the thought of ever giving up my coffee. I have COPD and I actually think it helps me to breath easier. Sure has not helped with preventing diabetes though!

girl steele
girl steele 2012-08-08 22:28:13 -0500 Report

Before diagnosis I drank coffe daily, I have a hard time believing the hype that it cuts the risk of diabetes. Also, I quickly noticed it raised my bg after drinking & made my numbers hard to control throughout the day so I cut out all caffeine…now I drink decaf coffee only.

jnblair 2012-08-08 15:36:09 -0500 Report

Well I wasn't a coffee drinker until I got diabetes but it helps me now since I drink a cup in the mornin I don't be as hungry during the day and I've lost 20pds since andmy but auger levels are mostly normal so it's been doing me well.

sm2012 2012-08-08 13:15:48 -0500 Report

I was a heavy tea drinker but I still got Type 2. I also drink coffee every day. there may be some benefits and I am not sure if tea or coffee can prevent this disease. I started taking fenugreek seeds recently and I saw a drop in my daily readings. I wish every one good health.

liquorish 2012-09-09 14:34:36 -0500 Report

What are fenugreek seeds? I have never heard of them. Thanks. Liquorish

jayabee52 2012-08-08 12:55:21 -0500 Report

I drank pots full of coffee for about 58 yrs. It didn't prevent my Diabetes. Now I drink filtered water only, because of my kidneys. The last time I drank coffee I drank it black with no sweetener of any kind in it, and just a 6oz cup raised my Blood Glucose levels 30 pts 2hrs post prandial. So I believe it is better NOT to drink it myself. Others may have different experiences with coffee, but that that is mine

Nick1962 2012-08-08 12:51:46 -0500 Report

Considering i drank a pot/day for 30 years and still got it, I'm not convinced coffee offers much in the way of risk reduction. It may have prevented me from getting full blown T1 though. Considering my health and diet over those years, someone or something was keeping me from getting it worse.