Type 2 Diabetes – How Does Coffee Affect Your Blood Sugar?

Type 2 Diabetes – How Does Coffee Affect Your Blood Sugar? – By now you know if you are a Type 2 diabetic, certain rules apply to you that do not apply to non-diabetics. One involves your coffee consumption. So the next time you reach for a cup of java to get you going first thing in the morning or throughout the day, think about how it may impact your blood sugar levels.
While coffee contains hundreds of different components, the most popular and well-known one is caffeine. Despite popular belief, even decaffeinated coffee still contains traces of caffeine. So believing switching to the “fake stuff” will solve all of your problems… well, it’s not really true.
How does caffeine work against the person with Type 2 diabetes? By reducing the way your body reacts to insulin. Since insulin resistance goes hand-in-hand with Type 2 diabetes, lowering your body’s ability to utilize its insulin supply means your blood sugar levels are left to run rampant. If coffee is consumed with a meal high in carbohydrates, the effects of the caffeine are amplified even more.
Caffeine is also not recommended for diabetics because of the direct impact it has on the kidneys. Since caffeine promotes insulin resistance, your kidneys are now forced to work unnecessarily harder than they should. This can lead to your kidneys becoming worn out, developing kidney disease, and eventually stop working altogether.
When caffeine is consumed, whether it be from coffee, tea or even chocolate, the increased insulin resistance triggers your body to release more insulin in response. But the pancreatic beta cells are not stimulated in the process. Insulin levels are also directly impacted by caffeine because it stimulates the nervous system.
Many people increase their caffeine intake because of how it helps their physical performance. The presence of caffeine causes your body to change how it utilizes its energy supply and, as a result, your endurance is increased. This is a positive result since the individual is now able to exercise for longer periods and also burn more calories in the process. But the eventual crash of your body when the caffeine reserves are depleted and the effects wear off, is not worth the temporary enhancement.
Ironically, research has shown regular coffee consumption actually helps protect the body from developing Type 2 diabetes, although the amount of protection is minor. While this doesn’t mean it gives you a clear pass to eat or drink whatever you want, it doesn’t hurt to have moderate amounts of caffeine under these circumstances.