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Created on: 01/11/13 11:39 AM Views: 1106 Replies: 5
Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Is there a PCRM forum oriented to those following Dr. Barnard's Program For Reversing Diabetes similar to this KickStart forum?

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RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

not specifically but there are lots of us who are diabetic (both type 1 and type 2) here on this forum.

--DebR

RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Ditto. Feel free to post any concerns about diabetes here. Forum members/moderators have a lot of experience!

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Susan Levin wrote:

Ditto. Feel free to post any concerns about diabetes here. Forum members/moderators have a lot of experience!

OK, thanks! What is the recommendation regarding coffee as it affects Diabetics? For background, I am Type II, 72 years of age, and have been active (runner, 7 marathons since beginning at 60) and have eaten healthfully (but not vegetarian) for decades. I check HgA1C quarterly and have always found it easy to maintain a range of around 6.2 - 6.6. I began Dr. Barnard's vegan program in March of 2012 and have not seen much of a change in the A1C readings (last = 6.5). So the question about coffee has to do with examining tweaks I could do to improve.

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RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Everyone is different, so I'm always fascinated by what influences blood sugars for some and not others. Still, I've never heard of BLACK coffee raising blood sugars.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Forum for Diabetics?
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Actually, caffeine (coffee and tea) gives me weird fluctuations - sometimes it'll cause a low, other times it goes high. So, I just stay away from all but little bits of vegan dark chocolate (about 1/5 the caffeine of standard black coffee, drip style). For a warm beverage, I'll drink all-herbal tea (not the herbal-flavored black/green teas). In the morning, I'll go through two or three mugs of Bengal Spice; afternoons is usually chamomile (unless it's one of 'those' days when I need an afternoon kick). I find I'll get a lot more water in my day if it's got some flavor to it - so two mugs in the morning, two in the afternoon, with plain water at lunch and dinner (mugs are 12 oz, not 8 oz). And, changing up between spice, chamomile, and plain water also helps - any one for too long a stretch gets boring and I stop drinking as much. I know that, for me, staying hydrated is really important for keeping my glucose numbers good (and caffeine really dehydrates me). On the rare, rare, occasions that I have a cup of tea or even rarer, coffee, I'll also have at least two equivalent sized servings of water to offset it.

--DebR


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