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 should not be recommended for the improvement of glycemic control, wrote a team of Dutch researchers in December 2007. And University of Connecticut experts in January 2008 concluded that cinnamon does not appear to improve a key measure of chronic blood-glucose levels, fasting blood glucose or lipids in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. So, at least for now, it looks as though cinnamon belongs on the spice rack, not in the medicine cabinet.


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