The endless debate about whether it is possible to drink coffee with diabetes does not give way for a minute. How does coffee affect blood sugar and what are the consequences of regular coffee consumption by a diabetic? These questions remain open and all doctors in the world are divided into two opposing camps: those who are “in favor” and “against” coffee.
A disease such as diabetes mellitus is currently suffered by a fairly high number of inhabitants of our country. I propose to omit the terrifying statistical figures, as this article will focus on something else: on the possibility of drinking coffee with diabetes. Many people with this ailment are among the coffee lovers, but due to poor health they are forced to deny themselves the pleasure of drinking even one cup of coffee a day. Very often, doctors and nutritionists have to answer questions like “How does coffee affect blood sugar?” or “can I have coffee with diabetes?” As usual, the opinions of experts on these issues were divided, and completely opposite points of view can be found.
Doctors who oppose the use of coffee for diabetes mellitus argue that this drink has the ability to dramatically increase blood sugar levels, which can have serious consequences. In some cases, according to statistics, sugar levels increase by up to 8-10%. According to the analysis, the caffeine contained in the drink prevents glucose from penetrating from the blood to the organs and tissues, which increases the production of adrenaline and increases the level of glucose in the blood.
On the other hand, doctors advocating coffee for diabetes mellitus make completely different arguments. Coffee is believed to have the ability to restore tissue sensitivity to insulin and thus control blood sugar levels. Of course, these changes are temporary, but regular and moderate consumption of coffee slows down the development of diabetes and its consequences. For example, a couple of cups of black coffee a day can maintain blood sugar levels for several hours and prevent glucose levels from spiking after meals.
Further. So in 2011, American scientists shocked the entire world with their bold statements. Researchers in the United States have published a scientific article that reveals the protective mechanism of coffee, which helps prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. The conclusions of the doctors are confirmed by the results of an experiment involving 359 patients with diabetes mellitus and 359 healthy volunteers of the same age. As a result of the experiment, the analysts found that drinking four cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 56%. In this case, the main role in this process is played by globulin, which regulates the activity of testosterone (male sex hormone) and estrogen (female sex hormone). It is these hormones that have been shown to be responsible for the development of diabetes. Scientists have discovered that black coffee guarantees an increase in plasma protein globulin. At the same time, women who drink coffee have a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes than men. Professor Simin Liu, one of the organizers of the experiment, says: “It is worth clarifying that drinking decaffeinated coffee does not increase the level of protein globulin, so said coffee does not help prevent the development of diabetes.”
The reader should understand that the results of the study by American scientists are correct only in individual cases, and the effect of coffee depends solely on the individual characteristics of the human body. Therefore, a person suffering from diabetes already has a number of chronic diseases and complications, which can lead to the restriction or exclusion of coffee from the daily diet. Medical professionals who are less progressive than American scientists recommend drinking small amounts of instant or brewed coffee without added sugar. Also, adding cream to the drink is not recommended, as this product is high in fat and can become an additional material for the production of cholesterol. Sometimes the cream is replaced with a small amount of low-fat sour cream. I don’t claim that the taste of sour cream coffee is very specific, but many diabetics like it.
In other words, coffee and diabetes mellitus is a very difficult question, which can only be answered by a qualified specialist after analyzing the individual characteristics of the human body. One thing is for sure: coffee lovers are not obliged to completely abandon this drink, since in this case the main thing is not the fact of drinking or not drinking coffee, but its quantity. Before deciding on this or that step, a diabetic must necessarily consult with his treating physician.