An Energetic Start to the Day

Many Canadians like to start their day with a hot cup of coffee. If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, you may be aware that extra care needs to be taken in your food choices. So, what does that mean for the consumption of coffee and other sources of caffeine?

What does the research say ?

Recent research has shown that consuming coffee can help with reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the implications of caffeine consumption are not so easily spread across the board. Even though research has also shown that caffeine can help with prevention, the degree of protection varies depending on it’s source. Green tea, coffee, and pure caffeine were found to have the most effect on diabetes prevention. For otherwise healthy individuals, a study was conducted that showed that consuming coffee with a low or high glycemic index food may alter insulin sensitivity.

For people diagnosed with diabetes, there are a few benefits that are being explored but still need to be further studied. A study found that caffeine has showed an ability to reduce nocturnal hypoglycemia in people with long standing type 1 diabetes. Another series of studies conducted found that caffeine may induce hypoglycemia and reduced insulin sensitivity in people with gestational and type 2 diabetes. Scientists have also noted that symptoms of hypoglycemia can be highly intensified if you decide to consume caffeine and are diabetic.

Final verdict

Caffeine can safely be consumed, keeping the preceding information in mind. It is important to consider that you must also account for other nutrients being added to the coffee (cream, sugar, etc). These are extra sources of calories that may require the use of insulin to regulate, so it is important to be sure to monitor your blood glucose levels in the same way that would be done for any food you consume.

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