By PhillyDel Latest Reply 2014-11-24 06:26:40 -0600
Started 2014-10-30 16:54:30 -0500

I haven't read anything that says not to drink it, I drink it black with no sugar, what are your thoughts??
I start class next week but till then I will have a lot of questions!

21 replies

Angie Type 1
Angie Type 1 2014-11-24 06:26:40 -0600 Report

I drink coffee and it does raise my blood sugar. I set a special bolus for it because I've tested it several times after I drink it. However, I add just a touch of milk(which has carbs) and l little artificial sweetener. I cannot drink diet coke with caffeine in it but I can drink the diet caffeine free coke with no rise in BS. So sometimes you have to just drink it and then test your sugars. I think everyone is different. My nutritionalist has told me it does affect blood sugar but i believe its an individual type thing. However, I'm speaking as a type 1 diabetic. If you are still producing insulin it could be totally different. I can't give up coffee so I will take more insulin. :)

PhillyDel 2014-11-03 12:19:26 -0600 Report

I am seeing my nutritionist tomorrow night, I drink 2-4 cups a day but black with no sugar or sweeteners

MaxieFo 2014-11-03 12:08:23 -0600 Report

I have at least one cup of coffee most mornings. Since my visit with my dietician I have gradually switched from using sugar to using a natural sweetener instead. I was fortunate to have a dietitian who covered drinking hot beverages. If yours does not be sure to ask.

PetiePal 2014-11-03 10:27:43 -0600 Report

Caffeine is no problem. Just be careful about sugar etc. I use Splenda so usually the only carbs in my coffee is the half and half, and the extra fat helps it to be less quickly absorbed as opposed to skim etc.

eristar 2014-11-03 05:43:53 -0600 Report

Love my morning cup (okay, cups!) and it hasn't affected my numbers. Good luck with your classes! (My insurance would only allow one, so everything had to be crammed into a single short session. Coffee never came up.)

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-02 14:00:24 -0600 Report

Hi Philly,
I have been reading all answers here and at risk of being
bomb-barred I chose to answer. I have never read where coffee
rises their BG, but I do know some friends where it does. I am very
fortunate as it doesn't mine. I do drink mine with creamer and sweetner, whatever. you choose whatever you wish to call it, it's
my kind of coffee and I like it just like that.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2014-11-02 03:47:08 -0600 Report

I drink too much coffee I'm sure. I've quit alcohol mostly, smoking all together, sugar mostly, dang it, I ain't quitin' coffee. Not yet anyway. Lol!

robinsab 2014-11-01 00:29:04 -0500 Report

I drink 1 cup everyday in the morning and I use a little bit of sweetener (stevia typically) and unsweetened almond milk and I have no problems.
My only suggestion is places like Starbucks or chains tend to add syrups, even to regular iced coffee style drinks so it can elevate the blood sugar.
It's always good to check with an endocrinologist or nutritionist based on your body and your needs. :)

Chopstix 2014-10-31 22:35:50 -0500 Report

I like mine with a little cream and a dash of cinnamon. Sometimes I'll add stevia or monk fruit to it. I've been drinking coffee since about 1961 when I was 6 and started making it when I was 10 which came in handy when I was in the Army…

Carol2399 2014-10-31 18:41:19 -0500 Report

I like coffee. If you have to add a flavor then you don't really like coffee. The basis has to be enjoying the taste of plain coffee without altering the flavor profile.

Glucerna 2014-10-30 21:16:22 -0500 Report

There's interesting research on coffee and risk of type 2 diabetes here: Could you let us know what you learn in class about coffee? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-31 11:03:41 -0500 Report

This study does not help anyone already diagnosed with diabetes so it has no value at this point.

As for coffee, I drink coffee several times a day. My doctor told me to switch to decaf when I was diagnosed. I drink decaf all week and regular during the week.

jayabee52 2014-10-31 02:30:57 -0500 Report

I find it intersting that the article states that increasing one's coffee consumption decreased the risk of developing T 2 by 11%. It has no seeming benefits once the T 2 has been Dx'd.

Since most of us are already Dx'd this study has little of real value to tell us. I know that I drank a lot of coffee before and after my Dx with T 2.
I did a check on my BG levels with 8 oz black coffee and no sweetener, After 2 hrs postpradial my BG was elevated about 30 points. I usually drank about 3 to 4 cups per sitting and decided to discontinue coffee drinking as a matter of course. And my kidney disease for which I need dialysis put a stop to my coffee drinking for good.

Of course, one has to test it on themselves to see if coffee plays nice with their metabolism.

PhillyDel 2014-10-30 21:17:55 -0500 Report

Sure and thank you!!

Glucerna 2014-10-31 14:50:25 -0500 Report

I agree that the study I mention doesn't apply to people who already have diabetes, yet it sheds some light on a possible relationship between drinking coffee and T2, especially since T2 develops over several years. From what I can find in the research on PWD and coffee, there is no clear-cut scientific, research-based evidence either pro or con around coffee. That leaves it up to each PWD and their physician to figure out what is best in their individual situation. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-10-30 20:22:08 -0500 Report

I have read a lot that the caffeine in drinks is not good for us. So I drink decaf when I can. Decaf tea and coffee. I don't drink too many sodas anymore, so I don't worry too much about that. With coffee since you drink it black, I don't see any issues. The only real way it to see if it bothers you is to test when you consume it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-31 11:05:56 -0500 Report

Technically there is no such thing as decaf coffee or tea. Caffeine is one of those hidden ingredients in many foods. Caffeine cannot be totally removed for coffee or tea. I learned that from a Chemistry Professor.

GabbyPA 2014-10-31 11:58:42 -0500 Report

This is true, but I try to not use it as much as I can. I find decaf coffee also doesn't give me heart burn, and I am all good with that.

haoleboy 2014-10-30 18:43:50 -0500 Report

I drink 6-8 cups a day …
There is some evidence that coffee consumption may increase insulin sensitivity, but not conclusive and more studies are warranted … however, studies have conclusively shown that I am a much nicer person to be around after consuming coffee at the request of my family I will continue to do so.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-31 11:08:22 -0500 Report

Steve, you know people jump on the bandwagon of every study that read even when the study is inconclusive and enmeshed in controversy. You really don't want to mess with me before I have had at least one cup of coffee. People will call and before they ask about what they are calling for, they ask have you had coffee…lol. It is Halloween got to go fire up the broom.

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