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Old 11-13-2012, 00:51   #1
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Does coffee cause spikes?

I'm new to this, and still trying to adjust my diet. I'm used to having 2 cups of coffee/morning, made with water and about 1/4c whole milk. It seems like no matter what else I eat, I have mid-day spikes.

Today I replaced the milk with whole cream in the coffee, but still had the spike. Could it be the caffeine? I hate to elilminate foods unecessarily, and especially my coffee!

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Do you add a sweetener to your coffee? How much cream are you using? I think this is a YMMV thing (Your Mileage May Vary), but I put just enough cream in my coffee to make it taste the way I like. Even though cream is much lower in lactose than milk, I am lactose intolerant, so even too much cream will bother me. I have heard that adding cream to your first cup of coffee will rev up your metabolism.

Dr. Bernstein says there is no prohibition against coffee and tea for diabetics, either plain or with "limited" cream. But he cautions that 10 cups of coffee, with 2 Tbsp cream per cup, for a 140 lb. type 1 diabetic will raise BG by 50 mg/dl.

You might be experiencing "dawn phenomenon" which occurs about 8-10 hours after going to sleep the night before, if you wake early and take your fasting BG after 6 hours of sleep, and you are testing your mid-day 8 - 10 hours after going to sleep. I get as much as a 50 point rise in that situation.

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No, I don't add a sweetener to the coffee. sometimes I did add about 1/4 tsp honey, but didn't do that today. It seems I just spike mid-day no matter what I do.

However, if I go totally carb free, I have hypos. That happened 2x, scary. so, obviously, I need some fine tuning. Thanks for the advice---coffee is the last thing I want to give up!

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I drink a up of coffee with cream and Splenda in the morning. I don't have a problem with it. YMMV
I have a halfcaf k cup for dessert at lunch and the same after supper. I know...bad habit.
I use decaf or halfcaf because I will spike if I drink regular coffee except in the morning.

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Doubtful. I'd leave coffee alone and continue enjoying it and focus on more likely suspects as sources of blood sugar. Also, if its available in your area, try swapping the "cream" (or even "heavy whipping cream") for heavy cream. It is sometimes mis-labelled as "heavy whipping cream" but can be spotted because it has at least 6g of fat per tablespoon whereas HWC usually has 5.0 or less. You can pretty much use as much of that as you want as the benefit of the fat outweighs the minimal amount of lactose it contains.

Also, you might find it under the name "Manufacturing Cream", especially in restaurant supply type stores.

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I get a 30 point spike from black coffee, and I've read that some unfortunate other diabetics have a problem with caffeine as well. Try decaf for a couple of days and see if the spikes go away, then you'll know for sure.

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I take a decaf cappucinno, mostly once daily. Occasionally one in the aftenoon as well, but it is so weak, it should hardly be called 'coffee'. I order the half- shot and if its still strong I ask them to change it.
I also have the red expresso(rooibos) cappucinno without the honey.

I dont seem to get a spike from any of these. Maybe because its made so weak.

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I know that some diabetics see BG increases from caffeine alone. I'm very fortunate (and appreciative!) that my blood sugar does not seem to be affected at all by coffee or any caffeine, no matter how much I consume. I can drink a crazy amount in one day, more than any sane person ever should, and it makes no difference whatsoever. I really hope you don't have to give up coffee. I don't know what I'd do without it!

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Caffeine is harder to give up than sugar, especially living here in the grey and drizzly Pacific North West. I really miss it, and am very jealous of all of you that can drink it.

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It bothered me too, so I gave it up, but I do have a cup of decaf on a cold day w/enough cream to make it light. No honey of course, but a sweetener of some type. It seems to be less of a problem if I eats eggs and bacon with it, but I'm not a true breakfast eater by nature.

What did you eat with it?




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