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The daily mail is at it again.

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Andy_Warlow, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How about as an alterntive headline, 'Cereal and Toast and Jam could give you type two diabetes: Eating the nutrionally deplete yet high carbodydrate cereals, bread, and sugary jam can raise your blood sugar by 50%, experts warn'.

    Do we see headlines like this? And if not, then why not?

    Sadly, we know the answer.
     
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  2. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse · Well-Known Member

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    The university's own press release about the study is here:- https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcement...fast-not-before-for-better-metabolic-control/

    As a rule of thumb, take the title of a press release with a pinch of salt (it's all about generating publicity) and then focus on the content. The study was about coffee consumption in sleep-deprived people. It says nothing about the effect of consuming coffee before a sugar load in people who sleep normally.
     
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  3. Oldvatr

    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    If you look at the Venn chart of their test methods, they tested 3 out of 4 conditions, so leaving out a critical set of parameters. Their test methodology is heavily flawed.

    They did not show that coffee before breakfast in normal sleep pattern had any effect, so this negates their conclusions.

    Actually, it is fairly obvious. Caffeine is a stimulant, so will trigger a surge in epinephrine (adrenaline hormone) as the 'hit' and this directly causes the Krebs Cycle to switch from glucose storage mode to glucose use mode. If you are not engaging in fight or flight exercise, then this stops the body burning up the glucose, so bgl levels will rise. It is not insulin resistance, it is normal body response to a stimulant. Had they demonstrated that the normal sleep pattern subjects did not show this effect, then their study would have been of use. As it stands it was a waste of time and money.

    Edit to add: they should also have tested using another caffeine drink such as Red Bull to see if it is coffee or any caffeine drink. Tea would also do the same job. as would Pro Plus tablets.
     
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