Caffeine, Glucose…and You.

It seems anymore that researchers, scientists and studies all can have different conclusions all from similar tests. Take the recent news about Does Caffeine Intake Affect Glucose? First you might be asking yourself, “What is Glucose in the first place and why should I care?” Basically, Glucose is a type of sugar that is our body’s primary source of energy. It comes mostly from eating (then digesting) carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, grains, potatoes, fruits, a few vegetables, and processed sweets. Glucose is needed by all of our cells and organs.

So yeah, it’s very important, to say the least. And it’s when our Glucose levels aren’t properly regulated that we can develop serious conditions such as diabetes. And that’s where insulin come into play. After you eat, the food is broken down into Glucose but, to give your body control over its use of energy, your cells cannot use Glucose without insulin – a hormone secreted from cells in the pancreas. Insulin helps the cells absorb Glucose and convert it into energy. It’s when that process is interrupted or hindered with that excess glucose can build up in the bloodstream, setting the stage for diabetes. And that study was stating that perhaps caffeine (which many of us ingest daily) could be the culprit with  insulin production (perhaps even insulin resistance).

Then it does go on to state that other studies have contradicted those results. So, no more studies, why not just keep a handle on your own Glucose levels. A normal blood glucose range is in the low to mid 100s. A diagnosis of diabetes is made if your blood glucose reading is 200 mg/dl or higher and you have symptoms of disease such as fatigue, excessive urination, excessive thirst or unplanned weight loss. And to get a Glucose reading it’s as simple as clicking here. It’s part of our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel or CMP.

A CMP is a blood test which serves as an initial broad screening tool. It measures your blood sugar level, electrolyte balance, fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function. The CMP is also part of our Essential and Essential Plus Screening Panels.

A CMP will also check the following:

  • Albumin
  • Albumin/Globulin Ratio
  • Globulin
  • Alkaline
  • Phosphatase
  • ALT
  • AST
  • BUN/Creatinine Ratio
  • Calcium
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Chloride
  • Creatinine with GFR
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Total Bilirubin
  • Total Protein
  • Urea Nitrogen