Drink coffee without breakfast? New study shows what happens to your body

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A strong coffee after a poor sleep is what many people need in the morning. But a new study suggests it might be better to eat something first.

CNN writes that according to the study, drinking coffee before eating anything can have a negative effect on blood sugar control, a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.

“We know that nearly half of us will wake up in the morning and before we do anything else, we’ll drink coffee. Intuitively the more tired we feel, the stronger the coffee,” says Professor James. Betts, professor and co-director of the Center for Nutrition.

For their study, researchers at the University of Bath got 29 healthy men and women to take part in three different overnight experiments.

Participants had a normal night’s sleep from approximately 11:00 p.m. to 7 a.m. and were asked to consume a sugary drink upon waking in the morning.

They then experienced interrupted sleep during the night, where the researchers woke them up every hour for five minutes by sending them text messages to which they had to respond, and after waking up they were given the same sugary drink.

On another night, the participants experienced the same sleep interruption, but this time they were given strong black coffee 30 minutes before consuming the sugary drink.

The glucose drink reflected the same amount of calories as a typical breakfast.

They found that the night of interrupted sleep did not worsen blood glucose and insulin responses when compared to a normal night’s sleep.

However, strong black coffee consumed before breakfast significantly increased the blood glucose response by about 50%.

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