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Is Caffeine Bad for Diabetics?

 Why decaf might be your best bet

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Caffeine Affects Diabetics Differently

In a recent show, I talked about the risks and benefits of caffeine.

While most people may get some mild benefits from caffeine, I gave a short list of people who might want to avoid caffeine, such as pregnant women and those who are sensitive to stimulants.

In addition, people with diabetes should be aware that caffeine can impair their body’s ability to control their blood sugar.  It’s ironic, because drinking coffee lowers your risk of developing diabetes. Nonetheless, if you already have diabetes or trouble controlling your blood sugar, decaffeinated coffee might be your best bet.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.