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Coffee -- Good or Bad?

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Grateful, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Grateful

    Grateful Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'll admit it, I love coffee. I have about four mugs a day: three during and after breakfast, and one after lunch. (No sugar, no milk.)

    I had got the impression that coffee was "good" for diabetics. But on closer reading of the Googled information, the consensus seems to be:
    1. Coffee helps prevent diabetes if you don't have it yet.
    2. However, if you are already diabetic, coffee raises BG levels.
    Sigh.
     
  2. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    The only way to find out whether this is true for you is to test. Many type 2s drink coffee with no adverse effect on their blood sugar levels.
     
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  3. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I have just made my second mug of heartstarter black no sugar coffee, my bgl will not be much higher after breakfast from my fasting one of 6.3.

    I will continue to drink it.
     
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  4. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    For me that's rubbish..3 or 4 cups a day no BS effect whatsoever.
     
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  5. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Coffee spikes me big time. Tea, too, if I have more than a couple of cups one after the other.

    As a type 1 I can get around this with insulin.

    But @Grateful it might well be the case that you have the same experience with coffee as @Tipetoo and @bulkbiker in that coffee doesn't spike you, and like @Goonergal suggests, I too would recommend testing to see whether it does or not.

    :)
     
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  6. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Four cups a day? Lightweights! It’s food group for me, I can even drink it before bed and sleep soundly.
     
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  7. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    We have a percolator on the go all day - mostly for my husband, and some days I do not drink any whilst other days I might have two pints - with cream. I did not see any difference in my BG levels with or without coffee.
    I do add a small amount of salt and a little cinnamon to my coffee - I don't use salt for anything else and I like the cinnamon.
     
  8. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Do you have one that keeps it hot all day? A nice 1970’s one like mine
     
  9. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    No - the one we had stopped working a little while ago and now we have one which turns itself off - which is a nuisance.
     
  10. diamondnostril

    diamondnostril Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Snapsy . . .

    Your comment that both coffee and tea spike your blood-sugar is interesting for me . . .

    Years ago, I was convinced that coffee affected my blood-sugar - a couple of coffees (black, no sugar) in the evening at home would always produce a higher level the next morning. I experimented with different brands and filters etc., no luck.

    Eventually, after some chance events and putting 2 and 2 together, I realised that it was the WATER that was spiking me! Something in the pipes to my building was introducing something into the water that my system did not like. I became certain of this with further specific testing. After getting a medium-priced water filter for my kitchen, this connection between evening coffees and higher morning levels was eliminated. This taught me a lesson that you really can't discount ANYTHING when thinking about what might affect your levels!

    Regards :)
    Antony
     
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  11. Ann1982

    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I too love coffee and take two mugs of ground coffee with a little hot milk a day. It doesn’t seem to do any harm to my BS. I occasionally have a 3rd mug though - black with cream.
     
  12. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    When coffee raises adrenaline and cortisol as well as BP in the morning it will spike me. I love my nespresso and not giving it up. I tend to drink a decaf with bf ( for the love of the crema) then make a regular and just drink eat the crema. Then combine what's left of both and drink it late morning/ early afternoon. This has helped. Trying to cut back to one cup a day or I don't drink enough water/ seltzer.
     
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  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Just a snippet.
    Agree.
    The proof is in the pudding coffee, test results are in for me, this is what I have had this morning.

    2 x 2 spoon heart starter granulated black coffee with no sugars.
    1 black coffee no sugar pre breakfast.
    1 black coffee no sugar during breakfast.

    [​IMG]

    Granulated Robert Timms coffee out of a jar lowers bgl for me, I do not drink that stewed coffee just the instant at home.

    Edit: Just in case you are wondering what I had for breakfast, I had a three egg and cheese omelette.

    Edit 2: typos
     
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  15. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I now have fbg envy :-(
     
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  16. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I noticed this in your sig: Manners maketh man. William of Wykham

    I had to write out "Manners maketh man" 100 times by a school teacher I had once, she was a holey terror at school but a very nice person outside of hours
     
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  17. Grateful

    Grateful Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Reading the responses so far: Phew, that's a relief. I only test every three months (in-clinic HbA1C) and the results have been good. I have been drinking the aforementioned 4 mugs of coffee per day all along. So, in terms of my (admittedly very relaxed) method of testing, things are going fine and there seems no point micro-managing the coffee. Another case of "don't believe everything you read in a Google search."

    Thank you.
     
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  18. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    William of Wykham was a truly good man of the church which was, in the mediaeval, something of a novelty.
    It was a daily reminder to me as I used to pass a small library every day on the bus to school and over the facade, carved into the stone was this adage. It is a good one.
     
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  19. Pura Vida

    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have max 2 cups of dark roast with 33% cream made in my Bodum ,doesn’t affect my Bg,
     
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  20. tayelola

    tayelola Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have no problem taking one or two cups of coffee/cream (no sugar) with my breakfast. For example fasting blood sugar this morning is 5.4mmol/L whilst reading after two hours is 6.6mmol/L.
     
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