Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Back to coffee

I tried going back to my non-coffee days after 1 1/2 months of one or two cups a day, and lasted three days. I just made a cup of coffee and am halfway through it right now...the mind-body struggle....

I read recently that Caffeine Consumption Hikes Blood Sugar Levels by 8 Percent for Diabetics .

It's from a study conducted by researchers from Duke University Medical School and published in the journal Diabetes Care. The article says that "Prior studies have shown that caffeine could increase the body's insulin resistance, leading to an increase in blood sugar levels. In people without diabetes, however, this effect is fairly minor. In diabetics, any increase in insulin resistance can have serious consequences."

It is however not fully understood yet how or why caffeine causes a spike in blood sugar. According to the article, "caffeine might interfere with the mechanisms that remove glucose from the blood. Alternately, caffeine consumption might cause the body to release adrenaline, which is known to cause a rise in blood sugar levels."

Time now to gulp down the rest of it and rush Caitlin to her dental appointment. I need the adrenaline...

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