If you find yourself at the coffee maker first thing in the morning you’re like most men.
But there’s strong evidence to reconsider this habit.
A study from a UK university has shown that drinking coffee after a rough night of sleep can mess up your blood sugar levels. [R]
This is especially concerning, considering a safe blood glucose range is critical for avoiding complications such as diabetes and heart disease.
The study grouped 29 adults into 3 groups for overnight experiments.
Participants who experienced a “normal” night’s sleep were asked to have a sugary drink.
The second group experienced a disrupted night’s sleep. They were also asked to have a sugary drink.
The third group also experienced a disrupted night’s sleep. However, they were asked to drink black coffee before the sugary drink.
Based on blood samples, it was clear that the blood sugar levels of the group that went straight to coffee were out of sync with the remaining participants.
By a significant amount.
The lead researcher, Dr. Harry Smith, points out that having coffee before the sugary drink threw off glucose metabolism by around 50%.
Since diabetes and heart disease do not sound like a good time to me, I’m going to follow the researchers’ advice and get some real food into my system before that much-needed coffee.
Even for guys who can’t be bothered with breakfast in the morning, this doesn’t have to be hard.
After all, the “food” used in the study was just a sugary drink.
If you can chow down on some scrambled eggs or even a bowl of yogurt, you’ll be better off than nothing at all.
Take a few minutes to prep your body for that glorious brew.