Coffee Friend or Foe To Type 2 Diabetes

By RSRaz Latest Reply 2013-11-29 12:06:04 -0600
Started 2013-11-26 11:08:29 -0600

A touchy topic you might want to read only after you have had your morning caffeine intake:


8 replies

mspiggy81 2013-11-27 07:48:32 -0600 Report

There have also been several studies showing that regular coffee consumption results in a lower instance of T2D. Lanes own study admits "Although the experimental results clearly indicate that caffeine consumption should be a public health concern for the prevention and management of T2DM, epidemiological studies have reported results that contradict this conclusion. These studies have consistently found that nondiabetic adults who are heavy coffee drinkers, typically four to six cups per day or more, have a lower risk of developing T2DM in subsequent years."

Also note that they did make a notation with this study that the caffeine used was a supplement tablet form and there is a possibility of inaccurate results due to variances between supplemental caffeine and natural caffeine in coffee.

As with many foods/drinks, I think the best recommendation is to experiment. Lay off the coffee for a few days, eat as you normally would. If your results trend a little lower than ussual, then maybe caffeine isn't the best choice for you.

RSRaz 2013-11-29 12:06:04 -0600 Report

Before you decide that going out and think that drinking 5 or more cups of coffee a day might prevent you from getting Diabetes you should also read this Mayo Clinic Proceedings. It doesn't look good for heavy coffee drinkers, but still doesn't show causation as many heavy coffee drinkers are also heavy smokers.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-27 12:24:38 -0600 Report

Mspiggy I read an article not to long ago about caffiene as an additive to foods. Something I have known for years. I worked at a hospital 20 years ago. There was a doctor who did nothing but research. He was working on a caffiene study and proved that caffiene was used as a hidden additive in many of the foods we eat, especially processed foods and feed for animals used for food. He knew that I am an avid reader of just about anything, let me read his findings and we always discussed it. His findings were debunked and the medical field did not believe him. Fast forward two months ago when I read the article stating that caffiene is found in a lot of foods we eat. The same thing this doctor said 20 years ago.

There is also no such thing as a caffiene free product because caffiene cannot be totally removed from coffee, cocoa beans or tea leaves or other foods that naturally contain caffiene.

This is why there is so much controversy surrounding the use of caffiene. As with anything a person eats or drinks, there can be adverse effects for some while nothing happens to others.

The choice of how a person uses caffiene is up to them. It may lower ones chances of contracting diabetes while it may not work for others. For Dr. Lane to reach his results, we would need to know how much caffiene was in each supplement. You wrote an excellent response.

RSRaz 2013-11-27 08:31:16 -0600 Report

Thank you for your input.
I agree we are each responsible for our own body. Like most natural foods coffee has a whole host of compounds. Some maybe good for you while others not so good and as they say you have to take the good with the bad,

I do find it disconcerting that arguments made in supporting claims that coffee reduces risks are mainly coming from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) being that they have a vested interest in promoting coffee. Also their statistics only show a correlation they do nothing to show the causes. I know if I drink 5 cups of coffee I become too jittery to actually achieve anything while with some people they need the stimulant part of coffee just to be functional.

It's like the thinking that links chocolate with Nobel prize winners:

The only thing we know for sure is caffeine spikes blood sugars, so as you suggested doing an experiment to remove caffeinated beverages from your diet may pay dividends in control.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-26 13:27:21 -0600 Report

I read the article and it is at best a bunch of crap. Who is Dr. Lane? Whomever wrote this article did not use proper references and the last sentence about personal use of coffee is grammatically incorrect. (Personally as a type 1 I am usually successful at keep my caffeinated beverages to 1 or 2 a day.) It should be (Personally, as a Type 1, I am usually successful at keeping my caffeinated beverages to 1 or 2 per day.) I will never read another article as poorly written as this again. I like to check references and since I can't do this for Dr. Lane, I don't believe a thing he supposedly said.

RSRaz 2013-11-27 00:08:59 -0600 Report

The references were included but it seems you didn't bother to read them before you made your uninformed proclamation of crap.
Also your statement: "I will never read another article as poorly written as this again." is a logical fallacy.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-27 11:46:47 -0600 Report

It is crap who is this Dr. Lane? I read the entire article. There are no solid facts about caffiene and diabetes because it is surrounded in controversy. I research every article I read, to validate the accuracy of the information contained it the article. I could not find anything on Dr. Lane. You have a right to what you say and your opinions. I won't argue that. I have written a lot of papers in my life that require referencing quotes and know how to properly do that. I have written policy and procedures. I have assisted with proofreading and editing thesis, historical and psychological books. I know when something is poorly written. Therefore, I will never read or respond to anything you post. I like to read articles that have some accuarcy to them as well as properly written. It is clear that you copied this in a manner which makes it appear as though you tried to make it appear as your own work when clearly it isn't.

RSRaz 2013-11-27 12:27:47 -0600 Report

I was very clear to say at the very top that it wasn't my work: And also included a link again at the top to the original article.but just for others that might take your rant seriously I repeat below:

"This article on Medscape shines a small amount of light on the subject:
Coffee Break: Studies Don't Tell Whole Story in Diabetes (linked:
There is a weak indication that coffee may reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetics, you might have to sign up to read so I will paste some highlights here:"

Not very difficult to understand that I wasn't claiming it as my own and not very difficult to follow the link to the original article and from there to follow the links to the references. You might disagree with the findings or the writing but your personal attack and dismissal of the finding which you say you didn't read is a very poor critique. And not conducive to a meaningful discussion on a topic that as you correctly say is surrounded by controversy.

Quite the welcome you give to a new member just trying to find his way! So please I appreciate you keeping your word and not bother me again with your rants. While I do welcome any on topic discussion.