Coffee is a common beverage loved by many because it does not only keep you awake, but it also has a good amount of antioxidants to free the body from free radicals. Normal individuals can actually have their daily dose of coffee and much like people with no illness; diabetics would also like to take a cup of hot coffee in the morning. But the question is, should diabetics drink coffee? The following highlights the advantages of drinking coffee for preventing diabetes and whether coffee is also good for those who already have the condition.
The Effect of Coffee for Diabetes Prevention
Coffee was known for having benefits for the prevention of diabetes. This effects, says by experts, is due to the chlorogenic acid content of coffee. Chlorogenic acid is a special chemical that inhibits alpha glucoroide, which may help prevent the rise in blood sugar levels. Moreover, chlorogenic can decrease glucose absorption to prevent elevated blood sugar levels after meals and it can also enhance the oxidation and transport of glucose to be used by the cells.
All of these effects are known to reduce the risk for the development of diabetes because it controls the blood pressure early. These reports are actually supported by a study in UCLA, which indicates that women who drink coffee at least four cups in a day can have a reduction in diabetes risk by up to 50%.
So Coffee can reduce Diabetes risk, but Is it Good for Those who have Diabetes Already?
Despite the findings that coffee can be a good prevention for diabetes development, other experts still say that coffee should not be consumed by diabetics because of several reasons including:
- It can raise the postprandial (after meal) blood glucose
Coffee was seen in studies that it can actually increase the blood glucose of a person after meals by 20%. In Duke University, caffeine was seen to be interfering with glucose and insulin functions making coffee not a good beverage for those who have the condition. Similarly, a recent survey conducted online have seen that people who drink coffee everyday suffer from increased blood sugar levels whether or not they put creamer and sugar in their cup of coffee.
- Reduces insulin sensitivity
Caffeine was also found to reduce the insulin sensitivity of the cells making insulin not able to transport the glucose efficiently from the blood to the cells. This results in a continuous rise of blood sugar levels and cellular weakness as there is lesser glucose in the cells to produce energy.
So if coffee can help you prevent diabetes, why is it that it can lead to more complications (such as elevated blood glucose) when taken by a person with diabetes? The main answer to this question is the effects of the caffeine component of coffee. Caffeine was found as the principal reason that diabetics can have a surge of their blood sugar levels, which may not be good for these people. While it may help those with no diabetes to prevent the condition, those who already have it should refrain from drinking coffee to prevent long term complications.