Today has been marked as National Coffee Day and although there are numerous studies and reports that tout the health benefits of your morning (noon or night!) pick-me-up of choice, there’s one group of people who really need to watch their caffeine consumption: diabetics!
According to research, over just a four week period, regular consumption of high amounts of caffeine can impair your insulin sensitivity, meaning you need larger doses of insulin to maintain your blood sugar level and keep your diabetes under control.
On the other hand, if you don’t already have diabetes, drinking coffee can actually lower your risk of developing the disease! In a 2009 study following 40,000 participants, those who consumed at least 3 cups of tea or coffee each day noted a 40% decrease in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Following on the heels of that finding, a 2011 study of healthcare professionals in the US and UK, published in 2014, showed that people who upped their caffeine intake experienced an 11% decrease in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 4 years.
Every individual’s health situation is different, so you should consult with your doctor before increasing or decreasing your daily caffeine intake drastically.
If you are living in Houston, I urge you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider to learn more about how you can protect your feet from diabetes.