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1 year ago  ::  Apr 25, 2013 - 2:38AM #4
copperhairpin
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type2

I expressed myself poorly.  You are in excellent shape without any added caffeine.  You are to be admired for your strength and stamina. 


It is strange that I read an article in a magazine in a hospital waiting room about caffeine.  It was not written by a doctor though.  It did say you could use up to 50 mgs of caffeine to improve a workout.  But please keep in mind that most people only work out once a day.  Don't multiply that several times a day please.  I don't know the opinion a doctor would have at all.  But the article supported what you said about your supplement's caffeine. 


I forgot to say congratulations on your excellent A1c reading.  You definitely have been a wonderful example to others.  I never had a reading lower than 6.4.  You have a score that anyone would be impressed with.  Hope you don't have too many lows.  They are so awful.


Sally

Sally
1 year ago  ::  Apr 25, 2013 - 12:30AM #3
synonymous
Posts: 45
type2

What do you mean by 'getting energy from a source that is artificial'? Caffeien? What would be natural?


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1 year ago  ::  Apr 23, 2013 - 11:42PM #2
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

I have read that a cup or two of coffee can actually have health benefits for a non diabetic but isn't good for a diabetic.  I don't remember the reasoning behind it at all.  So I will give you my OPINION.


I am totally dependent on caffeine to get through a day.  I wish I wasn't.  Caffeine is addictive no matter what source you get it from.  You are wanting energy from a source that is artificial and isn't truly reflective on the condition that you are.  In a way it reminds me of taking steroids but not to that extreme.


 


Take it from me that it isn't worth it to be addicted to any substance.  When you are addictged you will feel withdrawal symptoms from it if you don't have your regular fix from it.


For me, I drink a lot of coffee.  I have since I was a child.  It is NOT a good thing but something that my body has adapted to.  IT doesn't give me bursts of energy at all. Just keeps me going from one cup to another.


Sally

Sally
1 year ago  ::  Apr 22, 2013 - 11:59PM #1
synonymous
Posts: 45
type2
Should T2's avoid caffeine? I've been looking online for some good sources of info but can't find much. The reason for my asking is as follows.

As some may know, I managed to bring my h1ac down from 8.9 to 6.1 in about 4 months. I wish it were in the 5's but I'll take what I can get.

I don't drink coffee, I do drink green tea. I don't drink it for the caffeine, I drink it for the antioxidents and the fact it's what I get served in Japan. I don't need a caffeinated beverage to start my day, just breakfast.

However, being at the gym 3 or 4 days a week (Depending on my routine) I've wanted to try a certain supplement that my friends have been giving good reviews on. In the past, I've tried similar supplements but I always got jittery and quizzy, not being able to tolerate the caffeine portion of the supplement. However, after reading some reviews I decided to buy a bag of this particular supplement. The company is good, they come out with only proven dosages of proven ingredients. This is a pre-workout supplement. Part of the supplement is caffeine, 300mg of it. Surprise surprise, I was able to tolerate it very well and it worked as described. I was able to lift harder and for longer and the next day my recovery was faster. I was a bit worried about sleep, since I lift in the PM at times, but was able to make my way into bed without any problem.

I was so impressed that I was worried it would be BAD for my blood sugar. I did some checking on my own and saw no real changes. On days you take this supplement you are suppose to avoid all other caffeine, although some of my friends still manage a couple cups of coffee and make it to bed. So, my first question (And sorry it's take so long to get to it) is there anything out there that says "Don't take caffeine if you're a T2?"

The other interesting part, again if you've followed me, is that on one day I didn't workout but had a long long day at my wedding work, I decided to split the dose into 2, morning and afternoon. I'm always worried about getting hypo like attacks (Something my doctors haven't figured out) but on this day, full of energy (Steady and smooth, not jittery or anxious) I had ZERO signs of hypo like symptoms whereas the day before, an easier day, I did. So...I contacted the supplement company and asked if it was bad to take every day or on those hard days. They were honest in their response by saying "It's a pre-workout supplement so you don't need to take it every day to get the effects we promise. But, if you need energy for a long day and avoid other caffeine, there's no reason, other than cost, to avoid taking it every day. It's priced so you don't have to use it daily."

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