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By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2010-06-23 13:37:35 -0500
Started 2010-06-17 06:28:13 -0500

Okay, this is driving me crazy !! I can not stand it any more. The articles about coffee drinking. Over and over again they are written. Drink coffee and you sugar levels will be level. What a gullable breed we tend to be ! I was so proud of myself, I am a coffee drinker. And I figured if I just took out the sugar, I would be fine ! Well, coffee drinking must be rocket science, because I figured it all wrong. I went to my diabetic nurse and told her that I conquered my sugar in my coffee cup, but my sugars were still on the high side. Go figure ! She smiled "that" Uh-hu smile and said , how much half and half do you put in your coffee? Well, only about a 1/4 cup. Now that smile got really big. So, why bother cutting out the sugar? Why can't these articles tell people that it is not coffee or tea that is the problem, because it is not. Its all the stuff we put in the coffee and tea! We know how to eat, but, we drink our selfs to death.

25 replies

Swbtab03 2010-06-23 13:33:22 -0500 Report

Most likely I drink more coffee than all of you put together, you never see me without a coffee cup in my hand. However I have learned to drink it black many years back, used to be 3 pink packets( was big thing then) and extra cream. When I worked in Boston in the ambulance I had just about Every Dunkins donuts trained in Dorchester, Southie,and Downtown when I pulled up. They see my truck my coffee was ready walking in the door. However went to tblack because how often you go to someones house they don't have sweetener, or cream right sugar etc. So i learned how to drink it black so as not to annoy any one, or wait in line to put cream and sugar in at coffee stops or shops etc.
As far as affecting sugar to the best of my knowledge I have not seen any issues drinking it black, nor any documentation of it affecting us.

GabbyPA 2010-06-18 09:53:43 -0500 Report

That is why I mostly drink water. I do the ice coffee thing and I do drink unsweet tea as well. But if I stick to water, I avoid most of these issues.
Everything that goes in our mouth counts. It doesn't matter if it is liquid or solid...we always have to remember that.

Sally Thomas
Sally Thomas 2010-06-17 14:51:51 -0500 Report

I drink my two cups of coffee every morning using sweet n low and sugar free hazelnut coffee mate. Yum!! Doesn't bother my sugars at all!

petals 2010-06-17 11:08:31 -0500 Report

I drink de-caff and I use a non dairy creamer, doesn't bother my blood sugars and I haven't been able to drink anything with caffiene in it for years. It makes my heart race.

Emma2412 2010-06-17 13:45:31 -0500 Report

Hi, Petals
What kind of non-dairy creamer do you use that doesn't bother your readings?

petals 2010-06-17 14:31:37 -0500 Report

Coffee mate the original one.

Emma2412 2010-06-19 11:11:25 -0500 Report

I use the so-called "sugar-free" CoffeeMate (which is a lie because it does have corn syrup, etc., etc., in it). I also use just a smidge of SteviaPlus, but I still get the 60-point+/- spike. It's a bad habit of mine to go without food for at least an hour, possibly even 2 hours after I get up, and just have coffee, but it's something it's hard for me to get out of since I've been doing it all of my life.
Do you think not having breakfast right away is what causes the spike, and not the CoffeeMate? Of course, we're all different. I'll have to try it out. First, I'll do it with nothing but black coffee. Then, I'll add the SteviaPlus; then the CoffeeMate and see.

petals 2010-06-17 20:37:40 -0500 Report

I forgot to mention why the caffiene makes my heart race, I have a mitral valve prolapse.

ston3xc 2010-06-17 08:47:41 -0500 Report

One cup in the morning for me with just one tablespoon of non-dairy for me some things just can't be compromised!

JulieC 2010-06-17 07:44:37 -0500 Report

I drink coffey everyday, I put spenda and coffeemate in it and have no problems. I would die with out my morning 2 cups!

Kim-islet transplant
Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-17 12:26:22 -0500 Report

I can definately relate about dying without the am caffeine. Without my morning coffee, forget me being useful for the rest of the day :)

Rhonda Layman
Rhonda Layman 2010-06-23 10:32:37 -0500 Report

Same here, coffee till noon, then I'm ok. Without it, and no one likes me. lol I have a sign on my fridge that says, "Must have coffee!" I mean that too.

kdroberts 2010-06-17 07:18:39 -0500 Report

They mostly do. Milk is essentially liquid sugar, non-dairy creamers tend to be fairly low carb, if you follow the serving size which is usually a couple of spoons, but not carb free and other things added may or may not be carb free.

However, the big unknown with coffee is how you react to caffeine. Even decaf has a little caffeine and depending on how sensitive you are it can trigger you liver to release sugar.

dietcherry 2010-06-17 08:22:06 -0500 Report

That's good to know, kd! I've always wondered why Diet Coke (my personal poison) would slightly elevate my blood sugar; seems counter-intuitive. I didn't drink any soda for years because I have a general caffeine sensitivity (the shakes) but I don't see the point of drinking the caffeine-free version; it just tastes flat to me. I'm back on the diet Coke now because it is just soooo GOOD!!! :)

goldyloxnherfamily 2010-06-17 18:23:48 -0500 Report

Giving up coffee and creamer and sugar was one of the hardest things that I've ever done. Green and white tea just isn't the same as coffee, but I've adapted!

titansmom 2010-06-23 09:28:22 -0500 Report

I love coffee, also. And decaf it is for me, because of the heart racing thing, for all beverages. I wanted to share this tip that works good for me if you are craving something sweet. I put splenda in my coffee and plain coffee mate normally, but for that sweet sweet craving I use French vanilla coffeemate,sugar free, or any other flavor that will satisfy my craving and splenda in it also. MMMMMMMMMMMMM. Also I didn't know that caffeine could trigger your liver to release sugar, learned from kdroberts comment above this. I am new to this site and I already see that I am going to learn alot.

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