Posted by: Kate | 2009/06/17

diabetics and caffeine

can diabetics use caffeine?

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Dear Kate
If you mean the caffeine found in coffee, tea and cacao, then diabetics can use these products in moderation. There is even some research evidence that moderate intakes of coffee may help to prevent diabetes. However, I would not recommend that you use large quantities of caffeine-laced energy drinks for 3 reasons: 1) Most of these drinks also contain a very large amount of sugar and are thus not permitted for diabetics, 2) High caffeine intakes act as a diuretic which can cause negative effects such as dehydration. 3) Caffeine is a stimulant which can cause a whole list of negative side-effects. So by all means have 2-3 cups of coffee or tea a day, but don't drink litres of high-caffeine energy drinks.
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