By ruth88 Latest Reply 2013-04-11 07:57:07 -0500
Started 2013-03-20 21:37:52 -0500

Does caffeine mess with anyone's numbers?

10 replies

CanoeTrip'r 2013-04-11 07:57:07 -0500 Report

I seem to consume a lot of caffeine. Coffee, tea, diet pop and caffeine pills. It gives me the boost I need for more energy and wakefulness when needed. It doesn't seem to raise my BS's. I hear that it is relatively safe to consume, though I am a bit concerned if having too much, that it may not be so good for the kidneys, liver or even the heart (??).

BellaJ1977 2013-04-11 02:37:07 -0500 Report

Caffeine does not mess with my numbers. Oddly before I found out I was diabetic I did not have any caffeine in my diet other then chocolate. Since I found out I was diabetic I started drinking coffee (black), I prefer it that way. Guess I take after my dad. I also started drinking Diet Dr. Pepper. It really does taste like the non-diet to me. Anyway, I know that diet soda is not good for you but it curbs some of my cravings for sugar and drinking coffee gives me the energy I need that I sugar was giving me before my diagnosis. I like that coffee does that for me, as I struggle frequently with being exhausted due to other health issues, and the coffee takes the sugars place and does better then the sugar did :). I wish I could let you know how it tastes with splenda or truvia but alas I do not know. I do know that my mom uses splenda and finds that it does not taste too sweet like other sweeteners have been shown to do. I was drinking crystal light when I first found out but it was making me live in the bathroom. I had to almost completely cut out crystal light. I say be very careful with the sugar substitutes if you have stomach issues. Splenda or Truvia may be the way to go for you. :)

JiMMy DCC 2013-03-25 17:17:10 -0500 Report

Well I had an interesting thing happen. Got a large dark roast. Had a shot of espresso. One packet of Splenda (should be less than a carb) and about a 1/2 shot amount of skim milk. Went up 25 - 30. I don't think there was enough carb in the small amount of Skim I had added. So I'm
Going to experiment at home this weekend with just coffee - with Splenda - with Equal - and a touch of Skim. I'll let you know how it comes out.

jayabee52 2013-03-26 02:31:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Jimmy!

Your experiment mirrors a test I took about 1 yr ago. I drank 1 6oz cup of black coffee, no creamer or milk and no sweetener of any kind. I checked 2 hrs later and found I had raised 30 pts. So I determined coffee was a no-no for me.

I wonder what the rise would have been if I checked at 30 min or 12 hr?

I may just have to try that to see.


Gulf 2013-03-23 23:26:07 -0500 Report

I drink lots of caffeine and I have never seen problems. However I have spikes from black tea with only Splenda and milk added. I have done research with no answers that explain?

Robbie - 24474
Robbie - 24474 2013-03-29 11:02:15 -0500 Report

Probably the milk. I have found that relatively small amounts of 1% milk will raise my BG a bit.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 15:01:14 -0500 Report

that would be due to the lactose ("Milk sugars") which is in milk. The lower the fat content the more rapid the rise in Blood glucose levels due to the fat not slowing the digestion of the lactose.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-21 10:55:55 -0500 Report

I have no problems with it. My doctor took me off it for a couple of months which nearly drove me insane. I told him that nothing is really caffeinated because all of the caffeine cannot be removed from foods and beverages.