Is raw green coffee bean extract safe for me to take if I need to lose 20 more lbs.? I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. I was losing weight very quickly and did not know why; I thought it was something else and wound up in the emergency room where I found out I had diabetes. After many doctors and meds I found one that I felt was a good match for me. My A1c went from double digits to now 5.6 without medication (consistent with last 3 work ups).
First, congratulations on your A1C level! Second, green coffee bean extract has recently surged in popularity. This supplement, made from unroasted (green) coffee beans, has been called a “fat burner” and in a small number of studies (with an equally small number of subjects), led to weight loss in some subjects. However, the studies were not well designed, so it’s too soon to know if this supplement is helpful for weight loss, or any other condition for that matter. In addition, this supplement contains caffeine, which in high doses can cause insomnia, nervousness, palpitations and stomach upset. Keep in mind that there’s no magic pill, supplement, powder or potion that will lead to sustainable weight loss. The best way, as you’re probably aware, is with a healthy, reduced-calorie eating plan along with physical activity. A dietitian can help you work out an eating plan that’s best suited to your lifestyle, goals and food preferences, and can also give you guidance for physical activity, as well. Your doctor can provide you with a referral to a dietitian in your community.