Is coffee good or bad for diabetics?

coolred63
By coolred63 Latest Reply 2013-05-19 12:08:39 -0500
Started 2013-05-07 18:37:13 -0500

I am type 2 and I am a huge coffee drinker as I love coffee. I average 1 pot (12 cup) a day sometimes as much as 2 pots and I use regular dark roast coffee (not decaf). I do use splenda as a sweetener and sugar free creamer (when in the mood,not always) But was just wondering as much coffee as I drink is this good or bad for diabetics? As I'm not sure if coffee is good for you or bad for you in large quantities. Any help or info would be appreciated. Thanks!


29 replies

Kass1224
Kass1224 2013-05-19 12:08:39 -0500 Report

I'm a big coffee drinker as well. Caffine doesn't affect me. I drink coffee throughout the day at times. I do use Splenda or another sub and fat free creamer. It doesn't make a spike in my sugar but I count calories. So every cup I drink I add it to my daily intake. I would say that coffee would depend on the person and how it affects them.

dmsinpa
dmsinpa 2013-05-11 21:09:21 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if coffee makes a big difference in your levels…but, like anything…in moderation!! My 2 cups in the morning are my jump-start for the day…but I drink mine black. Any more than 2 cups makes my heart pound!!!

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-11 22:55:57 -0500 Report

see I guess my body is different because caffeine doesn't bother me likem that as far as heart pounding or keeping me up.There have been a lot of times I've drank anywhere from 2 cups to whole pot at night before bed and I've slept fine. don't know if that is abnormal or not but caffeine has never affected me that way. anyone else?..or is it just me?

BEBUBBLE
BEBUBBLE 2013-05-13 10:22:32 -0500 Report

Caffeine never bothers me either. I can drink just about the same amount as you and yes still sleep like a baby.

BEBUBBLE
BEBUBBLE 2013-05-13 10:22:27 -0500 Report

Caffeine never bothers me either. I can drink just about the same amount as you and yes still sleep like a baby.

lneider
lneider 2013-05-11 14:42:49 -0500 Report

I hope coffee is not bad I only drink two cups a day in the am would not want to give that up too Linda

aznancy
aznancy 2013-05-11 12:46:43 -0500 Report

I was having esophageal problems and so I too was a big coffee drinker and now I drink one cup a day. Stomach has started to heal

eristar
eristar 2013-05-11 05:50:03 -0500 Report

It's just not the same in the morning when I have to get my A1C labs drawn and I have to skip my coffee as part of my morning routine…I do enjoy my rise-and-shine juice! Have not noticed any difference in numbers with it, even when I drink more than my usual 2-3 cups. Good luck!

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-05-11 08:02:26 -0500 Report

Even if I get a fasting A1C, I'm allowed to have black coffee with no additions or water. I'm like you though, coffee just makes me "HappY"

Fefe12
Fefe12 2013-05-11 01:30:21 -0500 Report

Boy, thats a lot of coffee! Thats the one thing I like about diabeties is that it has forced me to take care of myself. If its too much, its too much. I wouldnt recommemend anyone to drink that much of anything. I would find out what a healthy person should be drinking and go from there.

lorider70
lorider70 2013-05-10 12:05:33 -0500 Report

I drink 4 or 5 cups of regular black coffee every morning. Never affected my BG levels and my Dr. has never mentioned anything bad about coffee.

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-05-09 22:51:34 -0500 Report

I've read that coffee beans are good for diabetics. I don't have an article, but if you google the benefits of coffee linked to diabetics, several articles will list

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-05-08 19:40:12 -0500 Report

Of course you had me @ "Hello COFFEE!!" Coffee is my friend. Coffee makes me a happy person. Coffee wakes me up and gets me going. It goes with everything I wear no matter what color my shoes and belt are!! For me it's not the caffeine as much as the taste. Much like any addiction, it's the taste that draws us in. My husband quit drinking but loves the taste of beer so much that he drinks NA. Coffee is like that for me. I drink both decaf and regular and do not see an increase in my BGs BUT … Coffee does tend to dehydrate us which can play on your sugars. Much like you, I drink a pot or 3/4 of one since I DO let my husband have some LoL. I also make sure that I drink a lot of water. That's just me tho. I'm very glad you are going to study yourself … I'm anxious as to what you find out :)

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-09 12:03:08 -0500 Report

Yes I am like you its for the taste. I have always drank regular and I'll be honest, in all my years of coffee drinking I've never drank decaf but I'm told there's not really any difference as far as taste goes so if my testing shows that the caffeine does affect my BG levels I will start decaf and hope what I've heard is right. Thank you for your interest and I hope whatever the outcome of my experiment will help others like us that LOVE our coffee!

Set apart
Set apart 2013-05-09 05:49:42 -0500 Report

Love this, I am an avid coffe drinker. In also drink it with splenda and sugar free creamer. I collect coffee mugs and depends on what I am doing as to which mug I use. I have a study mug, relaxation mug, a it's about me mug, and a gotta hurry mug, along with share with friends mug, lol. I have given u so much, but refuse to give up my coffee!

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-05-09 12:10:33 -0500 Report

I drink coffee each morning, 1/2 water and 1/2 already brewed coffee w/ 2-3 creamers (French Vanilla, in packets), no sugar … No problem w/ my blood sugars. I add the water to weaken the coffee and to help ward off staining to my teeth… my dentist said I was making a hot milkshake …lol…

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-08 12:39:00 -0500 Report

First I want to thank everyone for their input. it is appreciated and I am really loving this site and community. I checked the article at WebMD that flipmom had linked me to and was interesting so did some more research and found a few articles that said same,that caffeine can raise BG levels 8-12%. Now the thing about it is these few studies were small goups between 10 and 25 people. Also they were given 250mg caffeine capsules (same as 2 cups coffee) instead of coffee which I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not. So some articles said that it could be different in different people and only way to know is to experiment with yourself to see how it affects you. SO..I think this weekend I will get some decaf coffee and try a little experiment with myself. I will take my BG in morning and then drink regular coffee and then take it again 2-3 hrs after and compare. then next morning do the same with decaf. I will alternate every morning between regular and decaf for about a week or so and see if there is any difference. I will keep everyone posted on my BG levels as I do this for anyone interested. Anyone that wants to follow me on this is invited to do so and we'll see what happens. Once again thanks to everyone.

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-14 08:16:37 -0500 Report

OK sorry friends had a busy weekend my parents were up from florida. anyway Sunday was reg. coffee and BG level was 107 before and 111 after so a difference of 4. Monday was decaf again and BG was 122 before and 125 after a difference of 3 again. Today was reg. again BG before was 104 and just checked it again (was up early this morning about 6:45 and brewed some) and BG now is 108 a difference of 4 again. Well so far doesn't seem to be much difference between reg. or decaf on BG levels about 1 point or 2 higher with reg. Interesting as I was expecting more of a difference.

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-14 08:16:26 -0500 Report

OK sorry friends had a busy weekend my parents were up from florida. anyway Sunday was reg. coffee and BG level was 107 before and 111 after so a difference of 4. Monday was decaf again and BG was 122 before and 125 after a difference of 3 again. Today was reg. again BG before was 104 and just checked it again (was up early this morning about 6:45 and brewed some) and BG now is 108 a difference of 4 again. Well so far doesn't seem to be much difference between reg. or decaf on BG levels about 1 point or 2 higher with reg. Interesting as I was expecting more of a difference.

coolred63
coolred63 2013-05-11 12:51:12 -0500 Report

ok yesterday morning before coffee my BG was 113 after 2 hrs and drinking 4 cups of regular coffee with 1 tsp splenda per cup my BG was 116. so a difference of 3. Today same thing but with decaf coffee and difference was also 3 so no difference but I'll see what happens rest of the week.

*Stephanie*
*Stephanie* 2013-05-13 20:21:50 -0500 Report

I'm interested in seeing how your numbers compare the rest of the week. 113 to 116 isnt bad at all. I'm willing to bet that the rise in blood sugar is due to the splenda as opposed to the coffee. It may be calorie free, but a packet of splenda has .9 grams of carbs. So you're ingesting a very minimal amount of carbs. I'm type 1, and I never bolus for coffee or tea… but rather for whatever I've added to it. Good luck with your self-study! keep us updated :-)

MewElla
MewElla 2013-05-08 09:49:36 -0500 Report

I drink coffee every morning at breakfast with no sweetener or creamers just black and it does not bother my bg#'s..

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-08 02:42:49 -0500 Report

Moderation is key. A couple of cups of java a day shouldn't be a problem, but two pots is probably too much. Try drinking some green tea in place of all that coffee.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-07 18:57:36 -0500 Report

I drink coffee every morning. At home I do decaf with equal and non dairy low fat creamer. Away from home I drink regular. My doctor switched me to decaf because of acid reflux. Ask your doctor about the amount of coffee you consume. He or she could better help you with that answer. There is good and bad controversy regarding the benefits of coffee. It is all in what you read. You can find a lot of the information online.