FITNESS FRIDAY – Coffee / Tea – Good or Bad for Diabetes Patients?
Hey everyone, it’s Dr. B Jagadish here, your diabetes wellbeing coach. Today, we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of tea and coffee for diabetes patients.
Now, I know many of you may be avid tea and coffee drinkers, and it can be hard to give up your daily cup of joy or chai. But as a diabetes patient, it’s important to consider the potential effects of these beverages on your blood sugar and overall health.
First, let’s talk about the pros. Both tea and coffee contain polyphenols, catechins, and chlorogenic acid, which are powerful antioxidants that can help protect against inflammation and oxidative stress. These antioxidants may also help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.
Additionally, tea and coffee also contain tannins, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. And for those who need a little pick-me-up in the morning, caffeine can provide a boost of energy and alertness.
However, it’s important to keep in mind the cons as well. While caffeine can provide a temporary energy boost, it can also cause palpitations and disrupt sleep. And both tea and coffee can be acidic, which can lead to heartburn and other digestive issues.
And let’s not forget about the calorie and sugar content of some coffee drinks and flavored teas. Many of these beverages can be loaded with added sugars and calories, which can contribute to weight gain and increased blood sugar levels.
Another important factor to consider is the effect of tea and coffee on iron absorption. Both beverages can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron, which is essential for overall health and particularly important for those with diabetes.
So, what’s the bottom line? Tea and coffee can certainly have some benefits, but it’s important to consume them in moderation and be mindful of any added sugars or calories. As always, it’s a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider to determine what’s best for your individual needs and goals.
I hope this information was helpful and gave you some things to consider when it comes to your tea and coffee consumption. Thanks for joining me, and I’ll see you in the next video.
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