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Surprising Factors That Can Raise Your Blood Sugar

When you think of things that will raise your blood sugar, especially if you’re a diabetic, you might think of things to avoid such as candy bars or pastries first. However, it’s more than just sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods that can spike your blood sugar.

There are lifestyle and environmental factors that can also change your blood sugar levels, and you might not be aware of them. 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…

1. Caffeine

Caffeine in coffee (and other high sources) can wreack havoc on your blood sugar levels, according to EveryDayHealth.com. 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.

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