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COFFEE!

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Geordie_P, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi friends,
    I've read a lot of mixed messages about coffee, and presume it hits different people in different ways, so self-testing is the way to see if you can take it or not.

    I had a Bialetti stove top (6 cup model) worth of tesco espresso ground coffee this morning after breakfast. I didn't take a reading before as it was difficult to time around breakfast. I assume I was 4.1-4,5 fasting, then had walnuts and a boiled egg for breakfast, probably raising me to somewhere in the high-fours, low fives?.

    Anyway, 1 hour after my coffee (and 1hr 30 after breakfast I suppose), I was 5.3.
    Two hours after, I was 4.9.

    To me, that looks like coffee doesn't look too harmful for me, at least as far as BG goes. I have heard some people get things like freak spikes after 4 hours though, and would appreciate any info or experiences on coffee.
     
  2. psignathus

    psignathus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Like you I get a modest increase but I put that down to the milk or the variation in my test strips. either way I need coffee in my life.
     
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  3. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get a modest spike when I drink coffee but it soon returns to normal. Coffee is the one thing I'm not giving up but I know it can cause problems for some.
     
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  4. Brunneria

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    Coffee never raised my bg, but significantly raised my blood pressure. It was give it up or stay permanently on bp tablets.

    I gave it up.
     
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  5. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good point Brunneria- I'd completely forgotten about the blood pressure side of things. That's what I like about this site- the different perspectives. I'll keep an eye on that.
     
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  6. Brunneria

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    Well, if you do, don't expect your bp to behave like blood sugar does.
    I made that mistake. Tested at 2 hours, thought I was fine, and ended up with high bp for over a year, because I didn't think outside the Diabetes Box.

    Turned out that for me, a cup of coffee wouldn't start raising my bp until about 4-5 hours after drinking, and then would spike over a 5 hour period, before dropping gently over 3 days.

    So one cup gave me raised bp for 72 hours.

    If I hadn't had a home bp tester, neither I nor my doc would EVER have spotted it, and since I LOVE coffee, I would probably have been on bp meds for life.
     
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  7. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I have a mug of coffee with double cream in the morning. I don't know if it raises my bs as I only test when I wake.
    But it does raise my blood pressure, I'm not too worried about that as my bp is generally ok.
     
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  9. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Interesting.
     
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  10. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I have three mugs of strong black coffee (heart starters) with no added sugar leading up to breakfast.

    I have not seen any difference in readings, but will pay a bit more attention next time I test after breakfast.
     
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  11. Hotpepper20000

    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    Sooooooo....No sugar, no pasta, no quinoa, no rice, no barley, no carrots, no potatoes, no tropical fruit, no stone fruit, and the list goes on.
    I am not giving up coffee, that is where I draw the line. If it does spike my BG then I will just exercise more. NOPE line has been drawn.
     
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  12. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Here you go mate, one line. :D
     
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  13. Hotpepper20000

    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep o_O A person still has to live.
     
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  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Black coffee was hard to get used to sugarless, but I will never use that saccharine sweetener **** to spoil my coffee taste again.
     
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    Ive never drank anything sweet but for awhile when I was so terrible misinformed I tried to drink coffee with almond milk to cut down on fat. Yuck.
    Now I use 36%fat cream -and still managed to loose 45 pounds.
    I find I make sure to have good quality beans and then I can drink a double espresso black.
     
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  16. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I love this. Thanks for the laugh
     
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    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I always used to drink my coffee sweetened but then was working in a high voltage lab for a couple of years and no one else took sugar so was never available and now it tastes fine to me sweetened or not but will never give it up.
     
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  19. Hotpepper20000

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    ;);)
    I figure it might shorten my life a bit but it will feel longer with out coffee anyway.
     
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  20. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Tried another test today 3:30pm, did a random blood test. That came out at 5.2.
    I then had a moka pot of black coffee, and took another test after 1hr. The second test was 4.9. Could coffee have lowered the bg reading? I suspect the coffee just didn't raise bg, and I was on a downward trajectory anyway. Can coffee lower bg?
     
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