I drink a lot of Diet Coke & coffee, and I can understand that coffee would make my BG rise because of all the sugar and creamer.

But I'm trying to find out if caffeine is good or bad for diabetics, and I can't really find anything specific pertaining to type 1 diabetes online.

I have a lot of high BGs... a lot. So I'm gonna cut out caffeine for this week and see what happens. I'm sure if I stop eating so much junk food that would help too. ;)

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated though!!

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Its confusing and ironical that several studies have found that coffee drinkers, especially those who drink a lot of coffee, have a lower risk of diabetes than do other people. However for people with diabetes, drinking coffee or consuming caffeine in other beverages may make it harder for us to control our glucose....Im not really a caffein drinker but whe I inquired to my doctor about drinking coffee...She suggested decaf. =)
How about drinking coffee, and not some milk/sugar/espresso drink?

I drink alot of coffee, and it has little to no affect on my blood sugar levels; no sugar, no cream, no changes in my blood sugar.
Black coffee or diet coke (or my new favourite coke zero) has no effect on me. About once a month somebody lectures me on the evils of coffee/caffeine, but there's little "scientific" evidence against it, and my own experience is that it's ok for me. Besides... I've gotta have some vice
I drink things like AMP (Sugar Free) and I will usually have to wait a couple hours before I eat anything, and those drinks are LOADED with caffeine, so from my own experience, caffeine does make my sugar very sensitive for a bit.
This could be from the amount of caffeine, not necessarilly from having caffeine. Please be careful as I have seen patient's come in with cardiac issues related to these drinks.
Unless you have issues with high blood pressure or high levels of stress caffeine, in moderation, should be fine and should not affect your BG.
Drinking lots of caffeine is far less likely to increase your blood sugar than not taking enough insulin to balance the carbs and other calories you eat!

Most of the data I've seen relates to pre-diabetes (type 2) and type 2 diabetes and caffeine.

If you want to limit caffeine, go for it.

But to find a more reasonable explanation for your highs, start checking your blood glucose before you eat and 2 hours after. Did you take enough insulin to stay on target? Of course, lots of other things--such as stress, illness, lack of exercise, overtreating lows, poor absorption of insulin--play into highs. But adequate insulin for the food a person eats is the first thing I wonder about. Best wishes!
I drink coffee with creamer and artificial sweetener and I have a hit or miss effect on my BG. sometimes two or three cups are Ok..sometimes I check after two and all is really bad...Anyone find a creamer that is not bad?
I haven't put either sugar or creamer in my coffee for years, since my first cup in 1948 working nights, and I am a moderately heavy drinker. The PHDs giving continuing education courses on the brain and its problems say coffee has some great antioxidants. They also say the process by which coffee is made decaf interjects some toxins. So I love my real coffee, and i have never found my BG up due to it.
One problem with caffeine is it dehydrates you: and a dehydrated diabetic will see a rise in blood sugar because its more concentrated and because caffeine doesnt literally give you energy-- it stimulates glucose release from the liver.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and with caffeine there is no such thing as free energy. The energy it gives you accumulates an energy debt that you have to payback at some point or another-- hence the crash.

One thing us Type 1'ers ignore is the importance of drinking water. Your sensation of thirst may have gone away a long time ago, but that doesn't mean you aren't dehyrated. Water water water, I say.
Caffeine in coffee raises mine. Caffeine in tea not so much. I don't drink much coffee & when I do it's decaf with real cream (lower carb).
Completely anecdotal, but I drink coffee like I need it to live and I've never noticed any change in my BG. There have been studies on caffeine in T2s that show some impaired insulin action, but I've never seen any data in T1 (might be out there, just haven't seen it).

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