Do coffee and diabetes make a good match? There are divided opinions on this question with interesting arguments being put forward from both sides.
Let's take a look at the coffee habit worldwide. Sipping a cup of hot coffee at any time of the day has become a habit for millions of people everywhere. The sweet, strong aroma of coffee has enamored many people across the globe. What makes coffee so special that people crave for it? Coffee is a special drink that is fermented from roasted seeds that are also known as coffee beans. It is the most widely consumed liquid in the world next to water. What a great beverage!
Coffee contains alkaloid caffeine that acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system and is known to be an addictive agent. But one of the most pressing issues related to coffee is its impact on human health. The ubiquitous question remains, “Is caffeine good for you?” Most people think that coffee is good for the health. Like a drug, coffee gets you addicted to drinking it because of its great taste and capacity to boost your energy for the day.
In fact, drinking coffee has become so addictive that some people can’t get through the day without downing several cups in the morning, noon and evening. It has even advanced into a social drink, with consumers spending generously on the sugar-loaded blend from Starbucks and other cafes.Now the more important question is whether diabetics can drink coffee also. As one would expect, there are various opinions to this.
Recently, studies conducted in both Japan and Europe on coffee and diabetes reveal that the increase in coffee consumption was linked up with lower occurrence of hyperglycemia, in particular postprandial hyperglycemia. Those who have habitual coffee sips have less chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Coffee and Diabetes
- In Type 2 diabetic patients, coffee can increase blood glucose levels. As per some studies conducted among type 2 diabetics, a habitual drinker of coffee faces the problem of caffeine having adverse effect on their glucose metabolism. It is likely to produce a higher level of “average daytime glucose” and an “exaggerated postprandial glucose response” among these group of individuals.
- In Type 1 diabetic persons, caffeine trims down night-time hypoglycemia. It was observed by the researchers that the caffeine effect given in the form of a capsule versus placebo in about 19 patients who have diabetes type 1 for a very long time lessened the night-time hypoglycemia.
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Based on the two situations mentioned above, there are no adequate proofs that can permit one to make strong recommendations about the partnership of coffee and diabetes being good or not.
As stated above, various opinions are there about whether diabetics can have coffee or not. A number of people suggest that it must be either eliminated or reduced from a diabetic’s daily nutrition. Others feel it is not actually necessary. Still, a few agree for a healthy balance of coffee and diabetes.
Coffee is typically considered bad for health if taken in excess. Yes, it does boost one’s mood, but its addiction is not healthy at all especially to those who have anxiety related problems in case of which restriction from this alluring beverage is a must. All the more for a diabetic, one would imagine. Too much coffee and diabetes would not go hand in hand.