The buzz on caffeine...
What kind of dog chooses decaf?!?
Caffeine has varying effects on blood shugs - For some very lucky T1Ds, there's no reaction at all. For others, including myself, BGs tend to rise after caffeine consumption. However, if you're anything like me, I will never, ever give up my beloved morning joe☕️. Nope, not even for that other antioxinated thing called matcha. It's just not the same, okay?
In order to test how caffeine affects BGs, I came across this helpful tidbit from "Think Like a Pancreas," a book I highly recommend to all T1Ds. According to the author, Gary Scheiner (besides Nick Jonas, he's the closest thing to a diabetes god), take your blood sugar & then drink your coffee (the fun part) or other caffeinated product without any additional food or bolus. Recheck your blood sugar ~3 hours later, & then divide your rise in BG by your sensitivity factor. This value should equal how much insulin you need to offset the effects of that coffee, dark chocolate or other caffeinated goodness