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TEA Good Bad or Ugly?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Foxy in Cyprus, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Foxy in Cyprus

    Foxy in Cyprus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello! I was wondering if anyone could help me on the subject of tea? I noticed my levels rise from 5 to 8 yesterday, and the only thing I had had was a cuppa! I immediately made a search on the Internet, only to come up with different opinions. Many said tea was good for diabetes, whether green or normal, and others said that normal tea has caffeine in it, and can increase blood sugar levels? Anyone got any advice on this please?
     
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    catinahat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello foxy in Cyprus, I have not noticed any rise in my levels from drinking tea. A rise from 5 to 8 is quite substantial and I think your tea would have to be full of sugar to have caused such an increase.
    Did you repeat the test to check the high reading? Whenever I get a reading I don't understand I always retest just in case it was caused by some contamination on my hands or maybe a faulty test strip.
    The only way to be certain that your cuppa isn't causing you problems is to repeat the test today
     
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    Bewildered Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes have a cup of tea if I am worried about my levels between meals, there is sugar in the milk, I don't know if that helps...
     
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  4. Foxy in Cyprus

    Foxy in Cyprus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, Thanks for that. Yes, I retested 3 times. I had had 2 cups of tea, with no sugar and skimmed milk! Yes, I guess I will have to experiment again today. grrr!
     
  5. catinahat

    catinahat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lots of things can have an impact on our sugar levels, stress, physical exertion or if you hadn't eaten in a while it could have been your liver thinking you were going to starve to death and helping you out with a shot of glucose.
     
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  6. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Tea is good for everyone as it contains antioxidants, especially green tea.

    You can buy decaffeinated tea's & coffee's (not sure if they are available in Cyprus) and they don't taste any different, as @catinahat says test again today and see what results you get.
     
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    DeejayR Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Did you eat or drink anything before your 5 test?
     
  8. Foxy in Cyprus

    Foxy in Cyprus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    no! Not for a couple of hours! That's whats mad!
     
  9. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    If the same happens again then try switching to Decaff and see if it makes any difference :)
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Decaf tea tastes like dish water to me.
    I drink a mug of tea with skimmed milk. It raises my levels by about 0.5mmol/l but only during the first hour, then back to normal.
     
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    Pandle Type 2 · Member

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    I drink chai tea... It has cinnamon in it which is good for regulating bs.
     
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    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it's more likely to be the milk than the tea . If virtually all the fat is removed, then to make it up to 1 litre, the dairy has to add more skimmed milk. The milk sugar (lactose) and milk protein are mostly in the liquid not the fat. Cream is high in fat but low in protein and lactose. Unless you're on a low fat diet for some medical reason, you could try whole ie full fat milk or lactose-free milk and see if they make a difference.
     
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  13. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Tea is the best drink in the world, I love it and have semi skimmed milk with mine
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