Thursday, February 17, 2011

Energy drinks and diabetes

The other day, this article ran in USA Today: 'Pediatrics' study disputes energy-drink claims.  Essentially, studies are now contesting the claims of energy drink manufacturers, that the drinks provide any benefits for physical and mental performance.  In fact, the study claims that the drinks can cause some serious health problems in kids with other conditions... such as diabetes.

I am curious if other diabetics have had similar experiences with energy drinks as I have.  Caffeine usually causes an increase in my blood sugar, and energy drinks seem to be particularly bad.  Every time I've drank them to try to stay up late to work on a paper for school, or something of the sort, I've ended up with ridiculously high blood sugar.  I suspect it has something to do with adrenaline causing the body to release extra sugar into the blood stream.

What about you?  Have you found that you need to avoid energy drinks, or even that you have to watch your caffeine intake?

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