When it comes to raising blood sugar, the first thing that comes to mind is likely sugary treats and snacks — basically anything delicious! You probably already know these types of foods should only be enjoyed in moderation, but you might be surprised to learn that sugar, carbs, and everything delicious isn’t the only thing that can spike blood sugar.
In addition to these foods, there are also lifestyle and environmental factors that can change your blood sugar levels. You might not even be aware you’re doing it! Let’s take a look at 13 things (that may or may not be related to diet) that can change your blood glucose levels relatively quickly…
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Caffeine in coffee (and other high sources) can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, according to EveryDay Health. It points to research published by the American Diabetes Association that found too much caffeine can cause a spike in blood sugar in those who already have diabetes.
It adds that up to 400-mg of caffeine per day is generally safe, but warns that caffeine can affect how glucose behaves and consequently your blood sugar levels. “You may notice blood sugar swings after drinking only two 8-ounce plain cups of brewed coffee,” it notes. Meanwhile, other research has shown that drinking 3 to 4-cups of Joe per day can actually reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes to begin with.