Is it safe to use the green coffee bean pills when you have insulin-dependent, type 2 diabetes?
Green coffee bean extract, which has surged in popularity, is touted as a weight loss supplement. This supplement, which is made from unroasted coffee beans, contains chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant thought to reduce the absorption of glucose and fat in the digestive tract. It also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant and raises the metabolic rate, at least temporarily. Despite all the hype, there is very little research to show that this supplement is effective in helping with weight loss. Possible side effects are mostly linked to caffeine: too much caffeine may lead to insomnia, diarrhea, stomach upset and nervousness. Also, we don’t have information on long-term side effects, or whether it may interact with certain medications. I’d advise against taking this supplement, but if you do decide to take it, or any type of supplement, be sure to let your healthcare provider know.