Does tea help lower blood sugar?

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2013-03-11 13:45:39 -0500
Started 2013-03-08 06:01:57 -0600

Yesterday I ate more than I should… huge lunch! I was afraid to test myself. But when I checked 2 hours later, my bs was 116! My coworkers told me to drink warm tea after lunch, which I did… could that be the reason why my bs didn't spike up?

26 replies

mhcfc13 2013-03-11 13:45:39 -0500 Report

If I can remember the information correctly, the green and white teas are good for a few things from bloop pressure, diabetes, cardiac, and others. The type of teas are important. The black, orange, and other teas are more caffeinated and because of the caffeinated things is what is not good for us.

I do remember talking to some people that depending on metabolism, carbs will vary with how they will affect bs/bg levels and the amount of time it can take for the levels to go down. I do not have to test and am maintaining with diet and exercise. I can't help but think that more relaxed we are, which teas can help with, will also affect our body and our body affect our bs/bg.

ddamed 2013-03-10 19:38:19 -0500 Report

I love tea- hot or iced- black or green! This is good to know..I have been keeping a pretty level bs so maybe the tea does help!

flipmom 2013-03-10 17:44:59 -0500 Report

we need to realize that pure carbs or too much , spike our bs quickly … even though it comes down to normal range in 2 hours. we still need to be careful in consuming carbs eccesively..

flipmom 2013-03-10 22:08:23 -0500 Report

forgot to say im a hot tea drinker since toddler. can you believe it? and yet i still end up here… but whatever works for you, go for it!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-10 06:56:45 -0500 Report

Well if it's the tea that worked, yay! Sounds like a great lunch, I don't do Chinese anymore, because I love egg rolls and fried rice, but these foods will create havoc on my body. I will make a quiona fried rice recipe at home, with very little quinoa, lots of scrambled eggs, etc. It works!

Kirla 2013-03-08 20:03:25 -0600 Report

Sometimes after eating a higher carb meal your blood sugar will spike very high 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating it, then it may drop as much as 100 points in the next hour.

A year or two ago, after lunch I decided to test my blood sugar 30 minutes after eating. My meter read 180. I normally tested 1 hour after eating and it never was much more than 10-15 points higher than my before reading. That day I learned my blood sugar could go from 85 to 180 to 90 all in less than 1 hour.

I also drink lots of tea. Not sure if they do much good with controlling my blood sugar but I know for sure it doesn’t hurt. We are all different in how some foods or drinks will affect our blood sugar. If you believe it helps you might as well keep drinking it. I believe drinking tea is good for my health.

Anonymous 2013-03-10 05:03:21 -0500 Report

There are really two questions in this. First is BS going up faster and that depends on the type of bread and what is in the dressing. Some breads are made of lighter flour and will s[ike your sugar faster.
The second question i about tea, if no sugar added, it has antioxidant properties and nothing for increasing or decreasing sugar.

Gwen214 2013-03-08 19:22:23 -0600 Report

I drink tea all the time, and I've heard green tea has great benefits for diabetics, but I don't know about tea lowering blood sugar levels. If that the case my blood sugars would be normal all the time.

genniedevera 2013-03-08 12:30:39 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone, for your input. I was just trying to figure it out. That was the first 116 after a big lunch…

IronOre 2013-03-08 12:15:22 -0600 Report

What could have been a factor in your reading is how much protein you have with your lunch, because protein tends to spread out the carbs.
IMO I doubt if the tea had much to do with it.

Stuart1966 2013-03-08 09:30:43 -0600 Report

More likely there was more FAT and protein in your meal. Both of which reduce the spikes which large 'carb" meals provide.

old biker
old biker 2013-03-08 08:04:03 -0600 Report

I have noticed that every once in awhile if you have good BS numbers you will get a pleasant surprise if you treat yourself to something you don't normally eat that should raise your numbers. Now if you eat the same thing the next day the numbers won't be the same

EJMac 2013-03-09 14:44:39 -0600 Report

I found that too. Weird how that is. You get a break once in awhile, but don't get used to it . LOL

diabetesfree 2013-03-08 07:52:03 -0600 Report

Tea doesn't generally have that immediate an effect on blood sugar levels, unless you combine it with sugar or some other form of natural or atificial sweetener. In the case of most sweeteners, your blood glucose levels are more likely to rise than to go down. About the only reason I could think of that tea would make your blood glucose levels drop is if you are drinking a large amount of caffeinated tea. That may speed-up your metabolism on a short-term basis. On a long term basis caffeine, as a stimulant, can cause weight loss, which might also cause your blood sugar levels to drop over time. Obviously, there are side-effects to taking stimulants regularly though.

Stuart1966 2013-03-08 09:28:47 -0600 Report

How much TEA would that have to be YIKES : s (Wondering where to find a 55 gallon drum) !!!

Tea instead of exercise… yum -wg-

To get anybody's metabolism, heart-rate to speed up that high, for any amount of time necessary to cause an actual BG drop… like the idea but want to see the science of it.

diabetesfree 2013-03-08 11:26:39 -0600 Report

I don't think that any amount (of any kind of) tea would have a direct impact on blood glucose levels. I do believe that long-term use of stimulants (in caffeinated tea) has been known to help with weight loss though, and that blood glucose levels are generally more stable when you are not obese. If you are only drinking tea to wash down a triple Whopper while you lay on the couch all day, don't expect tea, diet pills or any other diet aid to help you lose weight and stabilize blood glucose levels. If used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise though, it may have benefits in the long run.

jigsaw 2013-03-08 06:29:04 -0600 Report

Noodles, and rice will send my blood sugar in an upward direction for sure! If the fried fish had bread crumbs, then that is another possible culprit. These are high carb foods. Chinese restaurants also use sugar in their sauces on occasion as well as flour and corn starch as thickeners.
I love Chinese food also, but you best be very careful…

EJMac 2013-03-09 14:46:40 -0600 Report

I have to bring along my humalog every time I do Chinese. It raises the BS tremendously for me. Only treat myself once in awhile.

genniedevera 2013-03-08 06:47:48 -0600 Report

I know… I usally get high numbers after a chinese food binge… that's why i was kinda baffled when my number was 116 … don't get me wrong, i'm not complaining hahaha…but i just want to know what i did to get an awesome bs number…if it was the tea, well hey, i'll stock up on it…

jigsaw 2013-03-08 07:05:27 -0600 Report

This is a mystery. I don't think it's the tea. Assuming you're checking your blood sugar at least two hours after a meal, I would guess there is something else going on.

manapua72 2013-03-08 06:27:51 -0600 Report

Noodles & rice would normally spike me … Was it regular tea that you would get at a Chinese restaurant ???

genniedevera 2013-03-08 06:45:40 -0600 Report

I think it was just regular tea…I don't drink tea at all, but when they told me it's good to drink tea after a big meal, I tried it…

Lentyl 2013-03-08 06:13:05 -0600 Report

You don't mention what you ate for a huge lunch. While tea is fine I don't think that it can be considered a beverage that will control post prandial BG readings. Just my thought.

genniedevera 2013-03-08 06:16:13 -0600 Report

Hi Lentyl, I had chinese food for lunch … noodles, rice, string beans, deep fried fish and pork chops …

Lentyl 2013-03-08 09:20:32 -0600 Report

Perhaps its the noodles (starch/carbohydrates), rice (more starch/carbohydrates) deep fried fish (probably with a batter coating which is more starch/carbohydrates). That's a large load of CHO's. I would be surprised if your BG's didn't go up a lot. If you had anything that was sweet or sweet and sour, and there's usually lots of that in Chinese restaurant foods then that would also add to the carbohydrate load.