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Cinnamon And Type 1 Diabetes

Is Cinnamon Good For Diabetes?

Is Cinnamon Good For Diabetes?

Chances are you have a bottle of cinnamon in your spice cupboard. And chances are you never thought of cinnamon as medicine. However, cinnamon has been used medicinally since ancient times. This popular spice was used in ancient Egypt, China, and India for culinary and medicinal purposes, and its use has also been documented in the Bible. There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and cassia, both derived from the bark of evergreen trees. Ceylon cinnamon is grown in South America, Southeast Asia, and the West Indies, while cassia cinnamon is grown in Central America, China, and Indonesia. Ceylon cinnamon bark looks like tightly rolled scrolls, while cassia cinnamon is more loosely rolled. Cassia is the variety most commonly sold in the United States. Most people think of cinnamon as a flavoring for desserts or as a warm, robust scent for candles and potpourri. But this spice may do more than make your house smell good. Cinnamon has been shown to help lower blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003 looked at 60 men and women with Type 2 diabetes who were taking diabetes pills. The participants took either 1, 3, or 6 grams of cassia cinnamon or a placebo, in capsule form, for 40 days. After this time, blood glucose levels dropped between 18% and 29% in all three groups that received cinnamon. However, only the participants who had taken the smallest amount of cinnamon (1 gram) continued to have improved blood glucose levels 20 days after they stopped taking it, for reasons the researchers didn’t quite understand. In the study, cinnamon also helped lower triglycerides (a blood lipid) and LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels. The benefits continued after 60 days, 20 days after participants had stopped taking Continue reading >>

Fact From Fiction: Is Cinnamon Good For Diabetes?

Fact From Fiction: Is Cinnamon Good For Diabetes?

Cinnamon bark is usually derived from the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum. The most common species of cinnamon available is cassia or Chinese cinnamon, but other varieties include Indonesian cinnamon (Padang cassia or Korintje), Vietnamese cinnamon (Vietnamese cassia) or Sri Lanka (Ceylon) cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is often a combination of these forms of cinnamon, and is the most common type found, at least in North America. Cassia cinnamon has Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status in the US and is considered safe in the amount commonly found in food and beverages.[1] The volatile oils (those that give cinnamon its distinctive odor) in cinnamon consist mainly of a substance known as cinnamaldehyde. Other substances found in cinnamon include coumarin and polyphenols such as hydroxychalcone. Cinnamaldehyde has antibacterial properties, antitumor properties and some immune system effects. The polyphenol hydroxychalcone appears to be responsible for the reported antidiabetic effects of cassia cinnamon and to a lesser degree, other forms of cinnamon. The Anti-Diabetes Actions of Cinnamon Research in a number of animal models of diabetes indicate that cassia cinnamon can increase insulin secretion, though its effects on blood sugar levels does not seem to be very significant. In clinical trials, the evidence that cassia cinnamon can effectively lower blood sugar levels and lower A1c percentage has been inconsistent. Some clinical studies have indicated that cassia cinnamon can lower the fasting blood sugar, HbA1C percentages, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure when compared to placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes while others have not demonstrated any effect. The doses Continue reading >>

Cinnamon Not For Type Diabetes | Diabetic Connect

Cinnamon Not For Type Diabetes | Diabetic Connect

By MAYS Latest Reply2011-01-05 18:09:06 -0600 Cinnamon was first described as a possible treatment for diabetes in Diabetes Care in December 2003. Sixty patients with type 2 diabetes were given 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon daily or a placebo. They received cinnamon or a placebo for 40 days, and the levels of fasting glucose, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides were measured. All three amounts of cinnamon reduced all these measurements in patients with type 2 diabetes. In 2006, an article in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation confirmed these findings. Seventy-six patients with type 2 diabetes were given 3 grams of cinnamon daily or a placebo. Cinnamon reduced the plasma glucose significantly more than the placebo. The higher the initial glucose, the more the cinnamon reduced it. This result called for a study of patients with type 1 diabetes, which was published in Diabetes Care in April 2007. Unfortunately, the study didnt show an improvement in hemoglobin A1c, total daily insulin usage, or the number of hypoglycemic reactions. The bottom line as of this writing is that cinnamon isnt useful for blood glucose control in patients with T1DM. (Taken from the book entitled, Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies, 2008, Ch.12, Pg.211) Continue reading >>

Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes?

Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes?

It’s fine to sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal or use it in baking. Go ahead and enjoy it if you like its taste. But if you hope that it will help you manage your diabetes, you might want to pause before you head to your spice rack. It's not yet clear if cinnamon is good for diabetes. Research findings have been mixed, and the American Diabetes Association dismisses cinnamon’s use in diabetes treatment. Several small studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar levels. Some of this work shows it may curb blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance. In one study, volunteers ate from 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. (One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon.) The researchers found that cinnamon cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. But in other studies, the spice did not lower blood sugar or cholesterol levels. Unless you have liver damage, it should be OK for you to enjoy it in food. If you do have liver problems, be careful, because large amounts of cinnamon may make them worse. you might like If you are considering cinnamon supplements, talk with your doctor first, especially if you take any medication. Also, look for brands labeled with a quality seal. These include the NSF International, US Pharmacopeia, or Consumerlab seal. This helps assure that the supplement actually has the ingredients stated on the label and doesn't have any contaminants or potentially harmful ingredients. Unlike medications, supplement makers don't have to prove their products are safe or effective. But the FDA can order a supplement off the market if it proves it's unsafe. Use caution if you also take other supplements that lower blood sugar levels, including: Bitter melon Devil's claw Fenugreek Garlic Horse chestnut Panax Siberian ginseng The s Continue reading >>

The Effect Of Cinnamon On Glucose Of Type Ii Diabetes Patients

The Effect Of Cinnamon On Glucose Of Type Ii Diabetes Patients

Go to: The incidence of type II diabetes is increasing across the world. Dietary modifications help the patients to control blood glucose. Traditional herbs and spices are commonly used for control of glucose among which cinnamon (Ròu Guì; Cinnamomum cassia) has the greatest effect. Research has shown that adding cinnamon to diet can help to lower the glucose level. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of cinnamon on the glucose level in blood. This was a Randomized clinical trial in which 70 Patients with type II diabetes were assigned randomly two groups (35 in cinnamon and 35 in placebo group). The groups were matched in terms of body mass index (BMI), HbAlc and fasting blood sugar (FBS). Patients were treated with cinnamon and the placebo group was treated with placebo in addition to their routine treatment for 60 days. FBG levels and glycosylated hemoglobin of patients on the first day, and 1 and 2 months after treatment were measured. Data were analyzed using t-test and paired t-test in Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).16 software. The mean levels of FBS before, and 1 and 2 months after the intervention were 174 ± 59, 169 ± 43 and 177 ± 45; respectively. The levels of HbAlc before and after the intervention in the cinnamon group were (8.9 ± 1.7 and 8.9 ± 1.6). There was no significant difference in FBS and glycosylated hemoglobin levels between the two groups (P = 0.738 and P = 0.87, respectively). Results showed that using certain amount of cinnamon for 60 days did not change the glucose level of diabetic patients. So, using cinnamon to type II diabetes patients cannot be recommended and more studies are needed in future. Keywords: Cinnamon, Diabetes, Fasting blood sugar, Herbal medicine Go to: INTRODUCTION Prevalence of diab Continue reading >>

The Effect Of Cinnamon On A1c Among Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes.

The Effect Of Cinnamon On A1c Among Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes.

The effect of cinnamon on A1C among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Altschuler JA(1), Casella SJ, MacKenzie TA, Curtis KM. (1)Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cinnamon onglycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Using a prospective, double-blind,placebo-controlled design, 72 adolescent type 1 diabetic subjects were treated inan outpatient setting with cinnamon (1 g/day) or an equivalent-appearing placebo for 90 days. A1C, total daily insulin intake, and adverse events were recordedand compared between groups.RESULTS: There were no significant differences in final A1C (8.8 vs. 8.7, P =0.88), change in A1C (0.3 vs. 0.0, P = 0.13), total daily insulin intake, ornumber of hypoglycemic episodes between the cinnamon and placebo arms.CONCLUSIONS: Cinnamon is not effective for improving glycemic control inadolescents with type 1 diabetes. Continue reading >>

Cinnamon And Diabetes: An Update

Cinnamon And Diabetes: An Update

About nine years ago (way back in 2006), I wrote about cinnamon and diabetes. To this date, people still ask questions and post comments about this topic. Since then, more research is available that (hopefully) sheds more light on whether cinnamon lowers blood sugars and HbA1c (a measure of blood sugar control over the previous 2–3 months) — or not. Let’s take a look at where things stand in 2015. Back then A study that I cited in 2006 was one published in the journal Diabetes Care back in 2003 by Khan et al. The researchers gave different doses (1, 3, or 6 grams) of cassia cinnamon to subjects with Type 2 diabetes for 40 days. All three groups of subjects had an improvement in their fasting blood sugar levels, as well as their lipid (blood fat) levels. As a result of this study, many people have jumped on the cinnamon bandwagon, so to speak, taking cinnamon supplements, adding cinnamon sticks to tea, and sprinkling cinnamon on their foods. In addition, much debate has occurred regarding the type of cinnamon that’s best to use for diabetes: cassia or ceylon. Where we are now Khan’s study certainly created a firestorm and has led to more research on the use of cinnamon for diabetes management. The tricky issues around studying cinnamon are that: • There are different types of cinnamon, primarily cassia and ceylon. • It’s difficult to assess the potency of any particular “batch” of cinnamon, no matter the type. • The active ingredient or ingredients in cinnamon that might have a glucose-lowering effect have yet to be identified. Without definitive answers to these issues, it’s hard to be certain of the role of cinnamon on glucose control. Much of the “evidence” is anecdotal: Someone reports that taking cinnamon helped to lower his blood sugar, Continue reading >>

Cinnamon For Diabetes?

Cinnamon For Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cases of diabetes. In this form of the disease, which occurs most often in children and young adults, the body does not produce any insulin; people with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. Some evidence suggests that cinnamon might help people with the much more common type 2 diabetes (in which the pancreas still produces insulin, but cells become resistant to it), but not those with type 1. The first study suggesting that cinnamon might help control blood sugar (and cholesterol) was published in the December, 2003, issue of Diabetes Care. Done in Pakistan, it ran for only 40 days and included 60 patients with type 2 diabetes. It showed that one, three, or six grams of cinnamon daily, divided into two doses (that amounts to between a quarter of a teaspoon to one teaspoon a day), lowered fasting glucose by 18 to 29 percent, triglycerides by 23 to 30 percent, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27 percent, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26 percent. Since that first small study made news nearly seven years ago, other researchers have tried to confirm its findings. A German study published in 2006 compared effects in 79 patients with type 2 diabetes, half of whom took a placebo and half of whom received 3 grams of cinnamon daily for four months. Fasting glucose levels dropped by about 7 percent more in the cinnamon group, but the researchers saw no difference between the two groups in LDL or HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, or average blood sugar over the four-month period. An even smaller study published in 2006 found no improvements due to cinnamon, and in 2008, the journal Diabetes Care published an analysis of all the cinnamon studies and found no improvements in blood su Continue reading >>

Cinnamon For Diabetes: Does It Really Help?

Cinnamon For Diabetes: Does It Really Help?

Over the past couple of days, we’ve been discussing several diabetes-related topics but what about one of the most important ones, especially when it comes to keeping us type 1 diabetics alive. No I’m not talking about okra, some exotic fruit, cinnamon, or essential oil; I’m talking about insulin! For those of you who make these claims (especially about okra and cinnamon) in regards to treating or as many of you like to say “cure” type 1 diabetes, you really need to stop. Over the past year I’ve been getting bombarded with sales pitches and I’m honestly tired of it. Cinnamon is a great antioxidant and comes with some fantastic health benefits but when it comes to type 1 diabetes, don’t you think if it was that easy, it would be mainstream information and the millions of us that battle with this disease day in and day out would avoid the BS that we deal with daily? Or perhaps the miracle lies within the specially formulated product you are trying to sell me? It’s utterly ridiculous, and the fact that you know nothing about the disease itself or how it works, you need to take a step back and take your products with you. I mean, you realize that you produce insulin naturally, it’s a normal human bodily function. What makes you think that okra, cinnamon, or your essential oil is going to magically wake up my dead beta cells (these are the cells that actually produce insulin, feel free to google, it’s a fascinating read). Perhaps your cinnamon, shake or oil defies all science and type 1 diabetes research? Or perhaps you have magic okra that you purchased from the same person who sold Jack his beanstalk beans? Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist in your potent concoction? Either way you need to stop before you seriously put someone in a very bad p Continue reading >>

Cinnamon: An Effective Herbal Treatment For Diabetes?

Cinnamon: An Effective Herbal Treatment For Diabetes?

Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH July, 2010 The search for effective treatments for diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, remains a challenge for medical researchers, regardless of their background. As many of you know, many of the oral medications have significant side effects that are not popular with patients, have limited effectiveness, or lack evidence of impacting the course of the disease, including the development of complications. This challenge, combined with an increasing interest in herbal and complementary medicine has led to a search for effective natural therapies that have significant effects on blood sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. Cinnamon, the brown, mildly bitter, mild spicy cooking herb, has gained popularity as an herbal treatment for diabetes because it is readily available and relatively inexpensive. Since this original publication, several others have studied cinnamon in different groups of people and challenged the original findings, while additional publications suggested the type of cinnamon and/or how the extract was made may be significant factors in the effects cinnamon has on blood sugar. Also, many research publications have focused on laboratory measures, which are important in diabetes, but do not fully account for risk; some publications suggest cinnamon may have other benefits, like antioxidant effects and production against "type 3 diabetes" or insulin resistance in the brain. In this article I will review the recent clinical evidence on cinnamon, and provide some guidance on if you should try it yourself! What Makes Cinnamon "Work"? Cinnamon contains rather high levels of compounds called "polyphenols"1. Polyphenols refer to the chemical structure of an entire class of compounds that have rather high antioxidant activity, and are typically Continue reading >>

Cinnamon And Diabetes

Cinnamon And Diabetes

Tweet Cinnamon is a sweet but pungent spice that is derived from the inner bark of the branches of wild cinnamon trees, which grow in tropical areas across Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean. The use of cinnamon dates back thousands of years and was highly prized among many ancient civilisations. Cinnamon, often used in cooking and baking, is increasingly being linked to improvements in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes mellitus. Research has suggested that cinnamon can help to improve blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity. How does cinnamon affect diabetes? Results from a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal in 2003 suggest that cassia cinnamon (cinnamon bark) improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and may reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. [71] A daily intake of just 1, 3, or 6 grams was shown to reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics. Another study reported in the July 2000 edition of Agricultural Research Magazine found that consuming just 1g of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes. [72] In addition, more recent analysis published in 2007 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that 6g of cinnamon slows stomach emptying and significantly reduces hyperglycemia after meals (postprandial blood glucose) without affecting satiety. As a result of the scientific evidence available, many health experts claim that cinnamon contains properties that are beneficial for blood sugar regulation and treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, bear in mind that like many natural compounds cinnamon is ye Continue reading >>

Cinnamon And Diabetes: Effect On Blood Sugar And Overall Health

Cinnamon And Diabetes: Effect On Blood Sugar And Overall Health

People with diabetes often face dietary restrictions to control their blood sugar and prevent complications. Although research is in a preliminary stage, cinnamon may help fight some symptoms of diabetes. It is also unlikely to cause blood pressure spikes, or disrupt blood sugar. So, people with diabetes who miss a sweet pop of flavor may find that cinnamon is a good replacement for sugar. Can cinnamon affect blood sugar? Cinnamon has shown promise in the treatment of blood sugar, as well as some other diabetes symptoms. Research on the effects of cinnamon on blood sugar in diabetes is mixed and in the early stages. Most studies have been very small, so more research is necessary. People with diabetes who are interested in herbal remedies, however, may be surprised to learn that doctors are serious about the potential for cinnamon to address some diabetes symptoms. A 2003 study published in Diabetes Care, compared the effects of a daily intake of 1, 3, and 6 grams (g) of cinnamon with a group that received a placebo for 40 days. All three levels of cinnamon intake reduced blood sugar levels and cholesterol. The effects were seen even 20 days after participants were no longer taking cinnamon. A small 2016 study of 25 people, published in the Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology, found that cinnamon may be beneficial for people with poorly controlled diabetes. Participants consumed 1 g of cinnamon for 12 weeks. The result was a reduction in fasting blood sugar levels. However, a 2013 study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine had a different result. The study, which used a more reliable method, had slightly more participants, at 70. The researchers found that 1 g of cinnamon per day for 30 days and 60 days offered no improvements in blo Continue reading >>

How To Use Cinnamon To Help With Diabetes

How To Use Cinnamon To Help With Diabetes

Reader Approved Three Methods:Incorporating Cinnamon Into Your DietAdding a Cinnamon Supplement to Your Treatment RegimenUnderstanding Why Cinnamon Helps with DiabetesCommunity Q&A Cinnamon is not only a spice packed with healthful antioxidants. It can also be used to help diabetics control their blood glucose levels. While it should not completely replace other treatments, consult your physician about adding to your treatment regimen. 1 Use cinnamon to replace sugar. Because cinnamon is so flavorful, it can often replace small amounts of sugar in stove-top recipes, sauces, meat, and vegetable dishes. Replacing a sweetener with this spice can help reduce the amount of sugar you consume and improve your blood glucose levels. Cinnamon is considered safe when used in the amounts normally found as foods-- this works out to roughly ½ to 1 teaspoon or about 1000 mg per day. 2 Add cinnamon to your breakfast. For instance, stir cinnamon and a small amount of agave nectar into oatmeal in the morning, adding berries and nuts to make it an even more nutritious breakfast. Or top off buttered whole grain toast with a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of a crystallized sweetener like Stevia or Splenda. Cinnamon also goes well with peanut butter or sugar-free jam on toast. 3 Use cinnamon in meat sauces. Cinnamon pairs well with poultry, pork, and beef spice rubs as well as Asian-themed dishes, marinades, and salad dressings. Mixing to taste, replace some of the sugar or brown sugar with cinnamon for homemade barbecue sauces, pulled pork marinade, berry compotes, and even marinara sauces. 4 Replace sugar in vegetable dishes. Use cinnamon in place of brown sugar or regular sugar in candied vegetable dishes, such as candied yams, baby carrots, or sweet stir fry. Cinnamon lends a complex, Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Type 1 diabetes develops when the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. When these cells don't work properly, the body can no longer produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes therefore require lifelong insulin therapy. Other medications and lifestyle changes may also help people manage the disease. Insulin Delivery Insulin cannot be taken orally because the stomach's digestive juices will destroy the hormone. It must instead be taken by injection, using an insulin pen or a syringe, or through an insulin pump. Computerized insulin pumps have digital displays and are about the size of a cell phone. They also consist of an insulin reservoir and a catheter that is usually inserted into abdominal fat with a needle (it can also be inserted into the hips, thighs, buttocks, or arms). The pump continuously injects a pre-programmed small amount of insulin into the body (known as basal insulin), and the user programs a higher dose whenever food is eaten (known as a bolus dose of insulin). There's also a rapid-acting form of insulin, Afrezza, that can be inhaled through the mouth using an inhaler. Types of Insulin There are several different types of insulin, which vary based on how quickly they start working, when they peak in action, and how long they last. Rapid-acting insulin, such as Afrezza, Humalog (insulin lispro), Apidra (insulin glulisine), and Novo Rapid and NovoLog (insulin aspart), starts working about 15 minutes after administration, peaks after about one hour, and continues to work for two to four hours, according to the American Diabetes Association. Regular (short-acting) insulin, such as Humulin R and Novolin R, starts working after about 30 minutes, peaks after two to three hours, and continues to work for three to six hours. Continue reading >>

The Effect Of Cinnamon On A1c Among Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes

The Effect Of Cinnamon On A1c Among Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes

Abstract OBJECTIVE—The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cinnamon on glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS—Using a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled design, 72 adolescent type 1 diabetic subjects were treated in an outpatient setting with cinnamon (1 g/day) or an equivalent-appearing placebo for 90 days. A1C, total daily insulin intake, and adverse events were recorded and compared between groups. RESULTS—There were no significant differences in final A1C (8.8 vs. 8.7, P = 0.88), change in A1C (0.3 vs. 0.0, P = 0.13), total daily insulin intake, or number of hypoglycemic episodes between the cinnamon and placebo arms. CONCLUSIONS—Cinnamon is not effective for improving glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Basic scientists and clinical researchers have been investigating the possibility that cinnamon improves glycemic control in patients with diabetes. Anderson et al. (1) suggested that doubly linked, water-soluble A-type polymers, possibly misidentified earlier as methylhydroxychalcone polymers (2), are the active compounds. Several in vitro investigations reported the insulin-sensitizing effect of cinnamon (1–4). Using a rat model, Qin et al. (5) postulated that cinnamon acts by “[potentiating] the insulin-stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of IR-β [insulin receptor-β] and IRS-1 [insulin receptor substrate-1] and the IRS-1 association with PI [phosphoinositol] 3-kinase.” Jarvill-Taylor et al. (2) observed that when cinnamon and insulin were combined in vitro, the effect was greater than was expected, implying a synergistic relationship. Additionally, Kim et al. (6) proposed that cinnamon acts by increasing endogenous insulin production, rather than by a target-b Continue reading >>

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