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Ask Tufts Experts April 2008 Issue

Q:I have been hearing about cinnamon as a “cure” or at least a treatment for diabetes. As a patient with medically controlled type 2 diabetes, I am naturally interested. Anything to it?

Answer :  A 2003 study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes did find that intake of one to six grams of cinnamon daily improved blood glucose levels, as well as lipid factors (such as cholesterol) important to cardiovascular disease. Subsequent research on possible benefits for diabetics from the popular spice, however, have been disappointing. Most recently, two reviews of the scientific literature both came to similar negative conclusions: “Based on the currently available evidence, cinnamon…

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