Cinnamon is very effective for diabetes
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The results of this study demonstrate that
intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride,
LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
This study was conducted in the Department of
Human Nutrition, NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan and was
approved by the Ethics Committee and Human Studies Review Board of the
University of Peshawar. Selection criteria for the study included the following
for people with type 2 diabetes:
OBJECTIVE—The objective of this study was
to determine whether cinnamon improves blood glucose, triglyceride, total
cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels in people with type 2
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS—A total of 60 people with type 2 diabetes, 30
men and 30 women aged 52.2 ± 6.32 years, were divided randomly into six groups.
Groups 1, 2, and 3 consumed 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon daily, respectively, and
groups 4, 5, and 6 were given placebo capsules corresponding to the number of
capsules consumed for the three levels of cinnamon. The cinnamon was consumed
for 40 days followed by a 20-day washout period.
RESULTS—After 40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean
fasting serum glucose (18–29%), triglyceride (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%),
and total cholesterol (12–26%) levels; no significant changes were noted in the
placebo groups. Changes in HDL cholesterol were not significant.
CONCLUSIONS—The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or
6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol,
and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the
inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce
risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. (
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