What is the effect of caffeine on blodd sugar.

By ICDA250 Latest Reply 2009-11-10 17:59:20 -0600
Started 2009-08-26 07:00:11 -0500

I have continued to need coffee or tea in the morning. After discovering that nonsugar creamer seemed to still permit a rise in glucose level, I tried black coffee or "naked tea" but was till getting a rise in blood sugar. I sthis actually part of an early morning rise in sugar that would occur anyway?

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Hinboyz3 2009-11-10 07:32:34 -0600 Report

I know being in school and working for years I've always had a cup of coffee, I hope it's not bad to have it, but if it contributes to and increase in my blood sugar I might have to let it go too. I never thought about that

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-10 17:59:20 -0600 Report

Well, I worked for over 30 years at the hospital, slurping down all sorts of coffee, mostly Cold and Rough——bottom of the pot, stuff—-just a swig could get me thru an hour or so. I had no diabetis at that time, but was borderline. However, I did develop GERD—big time—and still have a touchy digestive system, but am sure those all around the clock shifts, didn't help!!

You know what???? I just tested my BS and it was 131 YEAH!!! The rest of the story is, after we left Wichita, we stopped and ate supper—-I had a chili and cheese Sancho, plus one dip of Pecan Praline ice cream—-and have had NO meds for such for several days!!!! This is added to my growing list of MAYBES—-that once that tumor and kidney were removed, my system isn't so stressed and , to me, I may not need BS meds anymore! But I see my general Dr tomorrow, so will run this by him!! I am almost afraid to get too excited, BUT—-could it be, could it REALLY be???!!! It just wears me out trying to WATCH EVERYTHING—-even my BP was normal today, but it had been high without my Lisinopril, so am back on 3 meds for that—but MAYBE—-Reckon?? I will keep you posted, now this is just ME, we are all different so——don't go wild with this info——It is just my own body that I am trying to keep track of!! Hugs, Pat R

ICDA250 2009-11-10 07:24:06 -0600 Report

My Johns Hopkins Medicine news letter tells me that coffee and caffeine may ward off alzheimers and improve metabolism. My pharmacy bag indicates caffeine increases stress hormones and sensivity to pain. When occasionally not having any pain, I find my self falling asleep while sitting in my computer chair or when driving a car so not it seems narcolepsy is creeping into the picture. Of course good old Munchhauser's syndrome is next (imagined illness).

DiabetesDiva 2009-09-03 12:13:46 -0500 Report

I drink 2 cups of coffee each morning with fat-free half & half. It does not increase or lower my bgl. If I do not have my coffee I am fine, no headaches, etc. Lucky me!

Turtle 2009-09-12 08:44:50 -0500 Report

I save my coffee to battle migraine headaches. That is what my neurologist told me to do and it works for me.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-09-12 09:39:07 -0500 Report

Sounds good, I am so fortunate to NOT have migraines, but a regular, garden type of headache, it does help me too! Bless you, Turtle!! Love PR

GregTheTMan 2009-09-03 11:22:43 -0500 Report

I had started a discussion on here a little while back as I was trying to kick my caffeine habit. Someone sent me this study http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article66... and I also have now kicked my habit..with a little help of course. I am drinking something called ReStore Energy which my cousin recommended. I have found that my need to drink 12 cups of a coffee a day is not needed when I drink my ReStore. It keep my energy sustained throughout the day. Its a all natural diabetes energy formula and I buy it online at drsirestoreenergy.com . I would recommed it to all of you. It has changed my diabetic life greatly. Doesnt raise my blood sugar and has no caffeine, no stimulants, NO sugar and a low glycemic index. I basically have my whole office drinking it now and I am the only diabetic in the office. Also there are only 3 carbs which is GREAT because I am always counting my carbs now.

ICDA250 2009-08-30 06:29:23 -0500 Report

Well I will be trying some of the suggestions over the next few weeks. As part of the continuing education for being a Certified Pharmacy Technician, I had to listen to a Webinar and the Pharmacist and Physician experts indicated that a lot of their advice and counseling were more "art" than true "science…this is because what works for some people absolutely does not work for other patients. So we are not crazy but rather they really do not have clear answers for all situations presented to them.

P.S. BS was only 50 this AM and I am very jittery so I am hoping the coffee and a piece of cheese will bring me where I need to go.

ICDA250 2009-08-30 06:32:32 -0500 Report

They had a really really complicated diagram for the interaction between pancreas, liver, kidneys and blood sugar called the "OMINOUS OCTET". Looks like a really monstrous octupus and I will have a lot of trouble digesting all the information involved.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-30 07:32:45 -0500 Report

Frankly I am surprised that NO ONE seems to have good answers—-it looks more and more like a guessing game for some! Fortunately mine is getting under control but think that it is just persistance over a period of time that has set up better numbers. I thought that I was the only one who didn't "get it", that I needed a set diet to "go by"—but guess that isn't even correct——there seems to be none, it seems to me like it is mostly individualized. PR

kdroberts 2009-08-31 08:01:48 -0500 Report

Coffee and cheese are not what you need when your blood sugar is 50, you need carb, about 10-15g of glucose or other pure sugar. Then you can have your coffee and cheese.

SkipT 2009-08-26 16:54:01 -0500 Report

I use decaf since the regular coffee seems to cause a rise in my numbers. I lighten my coffee with heavy cream. Real fat is where it is at. Doesn't change my number at all. If you choose heavy cream, make sure to read the ingredients. Some brands are not real cream at all, but a mixture of sugar and skim milk and emulsifiers. The carton should only contain 100% real cream.

Judy(JP) 2009-08-26 13:39:58 -0500 Report

Hi there,
I have the opposite problem with caffeine. It makes my blood sugar go too low. I switched to decaf coffee years ago and now buy a little better quality of coffee beans and I don't even miss the regular stuff.. Unleaded works for me!!


ICDA250 2009-08-26 12:55:03 -0500 Report

Thanks out there…was not eating anything with the coffee or tea and I had already been advised to cut back on caffeine but I used to do a lot of strange shift work and I needed the caffeine to survive the hours. Maybe I can fool my body aith some decaf stuff.

Mac Hanger
Mac Hanger 2009-08-26 13:08:53 -0500 Report

There's a study from Duke, Dr Lane I think, that shows caffeine causing blood sugar to rise significantly in 8% of the people; so you may be one of the unlucky ones. It may not be the carbs from the creamer at all, but the effects of the caffeine. Caffeine also is a vaso constrictor, a dehydrating diuretic, and causes increase in heart rate and blood pressure. none of which is good for people with diabetes.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-26 13:28:43 -0500 Report

When I worked all hours at our hospital, I LIVED on COFFEE—cold, old, stale—sounds sickening NOW! One night in a patients bathroom I checked my pulse as I was so exhausted, trying to raise 4 kids too—my pulse was 120——I PUSHED and PUSHED till finally I caved in. So LIVING on coffee is NOT a good thing. NOw, since I am retired and learning to rest and relax, my pulse runs aroumd 70, nice and steady—-am NOT so frazzled either. BUT that is when my BP shot up, AFTER I retired and TRIED TO REST AND RELAX!! Go figure!! The Drs called it Battle Fatigue! You go along for awhile, THEN gradually——start—-fal—ling—-apart, a fact that my church friends never have understood, but they have never worked under the pressures of a hospital either.

I have now decided that if you HAVE to DRINK so much CAFFEINE in order to force yourself to GO—-DO NOT__You will pay later, and it ain't purty——! The BEST to ALL, Pat Roth

Janice5208 2009-08-26 20:35:11 -0500 Report

I am a nurse working nights and I rely on coffeeand have never paid it any attention, Mabe I need to thanks Pat

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-26 22:17:14 -0500 Report

Wow, my alarm buttons just went off!! Please, please be careful!! I thought that I was getting by, but I never had so much trouble in my life with my stomach troubles, constipation, colds, strep throat, then after 14 yrs of 11-7 pm duty, I switched, floated shifts, re-gardless of the amount of sleep I got, started having bad spells of diverticulitis—in 1987, then in 2000 I had to have 2 ft. of my colon removed from so many spells, some had burst open, but what had saved me was (hang on) I was so fat (about 235) that the fat pushed against the pouches and SEALED them OFF, thus saving me!! Now, I know that I shouldn't weigh so much, but for once, I was thankful for every ounce! My fat saved my life!! YEAH!! Pat roth

kdroberts 2009-08-26 13:57:05 -0500 Report

You should eat rather than change the coffee. Eat some carb, not a lot, protein and fat and I think you will have better results.

hbkunkel 2009-08-26 08:28:37 -0500 Report

Try using low fat mile instead of creamers. Also as already pointed out - what are you eating with your coffee. Besides carbs you need at least a small amount of protein like 10 almonds on your cereal or 1 TBS peanut butter on dry toast will help your sugar levels also. Good luck.

kdroberts 2009-08-26 08:22:27 -0500 Report

Creamers usually contain carb so even if it's sugar free they will still rise blood sugar.

Caffeine can raise blood sugar because it can trigger a series of events that cause your liver to release glucose.

The bigger question is are you eating anything? If you are that could be contributing to the rise. If you aren't then that will almost certainly lead to a rise.

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