Diabetes: Cinnamon Cure?

Just came across this news item:

Pakistani and American researchers showed in 2003 that adding spices to your diet can help control cholesterol and blood sugar. In the study type 2 diabetics took powdered cinnamon to lower their blood sugar, LDL and triglycerides.

One study, however, isn’t proof. More recent studies showed that 3 grams of powdered cinnamon a day lowered blood sugar by 10 percent, but didn’t affect LDL or triglycerides. Other studies showed that it might depend on the age and sex of the diabetic.

In fact, just the other day a friend suggested the same regimen. I even went out and bought some powdered cinnamon. Problem is it costs Rs 5000 per kilo. Meaning, a daily cinnamon fix of 3g will set you back by Rs 15 every day.

In the 3 days I’ve had it, my sugar levels have not shown any discernible change.

So, if you want to give cinnamon a try, go ahead – but be advised that no one knows if mega doses have side effects or interact with other medications.

And don’t give up your regular medication, including insulin shots.

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