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Make the Caffeine-Sugar Connection
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
As you're drinking your morning cup of Joe, you're probably just waiting for that wonderful rush of energy and alertness you've come to know and enjoy. Within 15 mins of gulping your caffeine, your adrenalin rises increasing your heart and breathing rates, your stomach starts to produce more acids and your urinary output rises (as anyone with a small bladder knows!).

But I bet you didn't know that caffeine tweeks your adrenal glands to produce more cortisol (stress hormone) which then stimulates the release of the liver's stored sugars. Any endurance athlete knows this and uses it to their advantage. You drink your caffeine and then use the newly circulating sugar fuel to power through another workout. But, what if you're sitting at your desk, sipping your coffee with nowhere to go? Then you might have problems because when the sugar levels rise with caffeine, so do insulin levels which, when they finally plummet after handling the circulating sugar, leave a rip roaring appetite for more sugar in their wake. For runners and bikers this makes sense since you've just burned a zillion calories and need to replenish the sugar stores. Not so for someone in an office cubicle with nowhere to go.

Here are some suggestions. To kill carb cravings associated with caffeine ingestion, make certain to eat a combo of protein and fiber. How about peanut or almond butter on a multigrain cracker? Or, have that caffeine with a yogurt and blueberries, or eggs and veggies. You get the point. When you're downing lots of coffee with nothing in your stomach, you're more likely to reach for sugary foods, so watch out.

Or, you can just drink beverages with less caffeine in them.
6 ozs brewed coffee 105 mg caffeine
6 ozs instant coffee 55 mg
12 ozs Colas 35-45 mg
6 ozs tea 35 mg

Now remember, when you go to one of your fancy schmancy coffee houses, you'll often be purchasing at least 8 ozs of coffee and closer to 12 ozs, so you're really consuming over 200 mg of caffeine. All the more reason to be cautious if you just happen to be one of those people who is affected by the sugar rush.
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feduptwice responded:
i wonder if that has anything to do with my morning shakes. I wake up and I drink a big cup of coffee, since i feel i need it to jump start my day, get my kids ready for school and by the time i get home from a bus stop i feel like my body is shaking, I quickly make myself a nice ham and egg and lots of veggies-tomato,onion,spinch,mushroom and red peppers wrap. Wait 20 min and my body comes down. But the idea of having anything sweet in a morning just turns my stomach. I so don't like sweets. Except for gummy bears or some ice cream(actually frozen yogurt) during my PMS hell
t3hkitty responded:
I've noticed if I force myself to eat breakfast, I tend to have a larger appetite all day and try to eat more. If I wait until I get to work and start ingesting the caffeine, I get hungry within an hour and nibble on some peanuts or beef jerky and I am fine until lunch-time (I eat a lot of protein because of my genetic hypoglycemia, or whatever it's called that has similar symptoms like dizziness and blacking out. My mom and gramma both have it, and I believe my son may be exhibiting the signs, but he's 3 so that's hard to tell. No we are not diabetic, our blood sugar is quite normal and no doctors understand it, but if we eat protein the dizziness stops and we can start using our brains again).
I've tried kicking caffeine many times over the year, and every time I have a major asthma attack and have to go to the dr. My sister (a nurse at Kaiser) suggested (after the last time it happened) that I stop trying to kick caffeine, since it's probably what's keeping my asthma in check. I didn't know there was a correlation until she mentioned it, and found it to be extremely odd. Is there some other solution (NOT another pill) that would cause a similar response that keeps the asthma from flaring up without the use of caffeine? If I could stop drinking caffeine I'd be JUST fine with that! (I REALLY hate coffee and so drink diet sodas, which aren't good for you either).

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