Is cinnamon good for diabetics?
It's not yet clear if cinnamon is good for diabetes. (One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon.) The researchers found that cinnamon cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. But in other studies, the spice did not lower blood sugar or cholesterol levels.
Higher habitual coffee consumption was associated with higher insulin sensitivity (1) and a lower risk for type 2 diabetes (2–6) in diverse populations. In contrast, short-term metabolic studies showed that caffeine intake can acutely lower insulin sensitivity (7–9) and increase glucose concentrations (10–15).
- According to Science Daily, “Coffee consumption prevented the development of high blood sugar and also improved insulin sensitivity in the mice, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. Maybe the temporary glucose spikes, associated with drinking caffeinated coffee with meals, may be worth it in the long run.
- Coffee & Tea. Pilon recommends drinking tea while fasting because it contains few calories and won't derail your weight loss. Both hot and cold tea are acceptable. You also can drink coffee during intermittent fasting, but it must be black -- no sugar, milk or cream, which contain calories.
- As for having coffee or tea during your fast — you should be just fine. As a general rule of thumb, if you drink something with less than 50 calories, then your body will remain in the fasted state. So, your coffee with a splash of milk or cream is just fine. Tea should be no problem either.
“Insulin comes along to decrease sugar, but with type 2 diabetes, the body isn't so sensitive to insulin, so blood sugar levels go up. Drinking tea for diabetes is such a good idea because tea contains substances called polyphenols, which are antioxidants found in every plant.
- Choose high-fiber, slow-release carbs. Carbohydrates have a big impact on your blood sugar levels—more so than fats and proteins—so you need to be smart about what types of carbs you eat. Limit refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice, as well as soda, candy, packaged meals, and snack foods.
- Here are seven diabetes-friendly breakfast ideas to help you stay healthy and get on with your day.
- Breakfast Shake.
- Muffin Parfait.
- Whole-Grain Cereal.
- Scrambled Eggs and Toast.
- Breakfast Burrito.
- Bagel Thins With Nut Butter.
- Almonds and Fruit.
- While moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes. Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
Updated: 21st November 2019