Cinnamon For Treating Diabetes?
Diabetes and regulating blood sugar is at epidemic levels with millions of people seeking ways they can control spikes in their sugar levels. The glycemic index of foods was created to assist diabetics with a list of how blood sugar reacts to various foods. Having suffered from diabetes, I know the pains of not enjoying certain foods because of how they affect the body. Then I discovered cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a powerhouse spice that has many benefits. Taken with meals, cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, lowering the food’s glycemic index, thus reducing and eliminating spikes in the insulin needed by the body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
In a 40 day study, cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels by 18-29%, triglycerides by 28-30% and LDL cholesterol by 7-27%. The participants were only given 1000 mg of cinnamon per day. That’s about teaspoon per day. Did you catch that? An average drop of 20% in blood sugar levels with just teaspoon cinnamon per day.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (approx 2000 mg) provides 0.38 mg manganese, 1.24 g dietary fiber, 0.85 mg iron and 27.84 mg calcium.
Cinnamon helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets and aids in normalizing blood flow and blood pressure. Other benefits are that cinnamon helps lesson inflammation, helps stop the growth of bacteria and fungi and can help provide relief from constipation and diarrhea.
Did you study before a test and still feel a little nervous? Cinnamon scent boosts brain function. Smell some cinnamon before the test for help with memory recall.
When I had diabetes I supplemented 2000-3000 mg of cinnamon a day to keep my blood sugar under control. I still take a couple 500 mg capsules each day because of its awesome benefits. Cinnamon is not just beneficial for diabetics. Include some in your diet and see for yourself the benefits cinnamon provides.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much cinnamon? (diabetes)?
Someone told me one tablespoon every morning but I have these 1000mg capsules. What’s a good dose?
Cinnamon and diabetes, how much is to much?
So I heard about the studies on the evening news, and decided to give it a try. I take 2- 500 mg capsules a day, after 30 days my blood sugars dropped from 180′s to 120′s! I am thrilled to say the least, but wonder about dosages, anybody know of dangers of higher doses?
you are taking the right dosage. it’s working well. to enhance your diet get two books “the diabetic diet” and “the diabetic solution’ both by dr. richard Bernstein i follow that diet and my A1C was 5.7 last checked down from 8.2 and i don’t take any meds for my diabetes
Has anyone tried the cinnamon and honey treatment for diabetes?
My husband is type 2 and he is only 45 years old and they have him on so many meds for his condition. I am afraid he is going to wind up dying from overmedication like his grandmother did. She was also type 2 and on too many meds and her heart just gave out one day. I feel that the doctor is just dosing him because of the pharmaceutical companies give them a kickback prescribing these drugs. Serious answers only please.
Here’s the thing: I have taken cinnamon for years and I only need to take supplements(multi vitamin, garlic(fresh and pill form), flaxseed, B complex, etc.) for my health. Diabetes does run in my family also and I am 50 lbs. overweight. I never believed in prescription meds. I feel there is a holistic approach to this without the risk of overmedicating and contraindications.
And I go for yearly checkups and they find everything in order.
You need to educate your husband and yourself about what each of these drugs are. Diabetes is very serious and attacks so many parts of your system. Do not give up on the meds. His grandmother’s heart probably was weak from the diabetes. Talk to the doctor about what each one does and the repurcussions for not taking it. Have him cut down on carboydrates and start excercising (if he doesn’t already).
Is that proven cinnamon depletes belly fat?
CINNAMON fights belly fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and blood sugar problems! It’s true. Test subjects who took small doses of cinnamon regularly reaped absolutely astounding health benefits including: Better blood sugar control, 25% LOWER triglycerides for patients with type 2 diabetes, and it also helped lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels a whopping 27% — helped fight belly fat at the same time! Exactly how much cinnamon do you need? See the researchers’ advice on page 82.
How could cinnamin attack only belly fat? Is it intelligent? There is no difference between belly fat and arm fat or leg fat so how could it target only the fat on your belly?
Type 2 Diabetes, rapid weight loss, and D.A.F.N.E.?
I was recently diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes in November, 2009.
The problem I have is that there isn’t much I can eat due to having high cholesterol too.
I am losing about 5 pounds of weight a week.
I will not eat vegetables so that is out.
I am not on any medications whatsoever either. I can usually eat 10g to 15g of carbs without spiking too much.
Anything more than that and I have to walk for 30 minutes for every 20g of carbs I eat. Since it’s wintertime, I won’t be able to walk if at all. I am not healthy enough to exercise indoors.
What can I do to be able to eat so my rapid weight loss is slowed down? At the rate I am losing weight, I will be dead by this august.
Remember, no carbs due to blood sugar problems, no fat or cholesterol due to high cholesterol & high triglycerides. And no veggies due to abuse issues when I was very young. I am now 49 years old. Chicken and fish will get really old really fast, no matter how you prepare it.
I am very tired all the time too and my muscles scream in pain if I walk too much at one time or too many times a day.
My doctor’s office seems to be incompetent. They checked my lipid profile and did not check to see how much insulin I was actually making. They just assumed I was a Type 2 based on my GTT of 294. If not enough insulin, then I need that addressed. If plenty, then only insulin resistant.
I want to use fast acting insulin for mealtime only – dose on eating. My last (and only) a1c was 6.8 .
Diet and exercise just isn’t going to work for me.
My dietitian wants me to eat 75g of carbs 3 times a day plus 2 snacks. I refuse to do this as I do not want my blood sugars in the 300 range every day. I want to keep my eyes and toes and kidneys.
Right now, my average blood sugars via testing are about 113 for the past month, and that’s including the spikes.
What can I eat to slow the rapid weight loss rate? Remember, NO VEGGIES, NO FAT, NO CHOLESTEROL, NO SUGAR, NO CARBS.
Do I just knuckle under and eat anyway, hoping that I don’t go blind to lose my toes? Or have a heart attack from too high a cholesterol level?
If all it takes is an a1c level above 7.0 to get insulin, I can just eat a bunch of frosted cinnamon rolls every day.
D.A.F.N.E. is Dose Ahead For Normal Eating. In essence, take a shot of insulin so you can eat and have a NORMAL life. I only want to eat one or two large meals a day, around 125-150g each. I am not looking to abuse insulin to have a sugary chocolate malt or anything. And maybe once a month eat a REAL meal, say about 250g of carbs like spaghetti and meatballs, or even pizza.
I am ONLY diabetic when I eat. Not eating, and I have perfectly NORMAL blood sugar levels.
What am I to eat? What am I to do? How do I convince my doctor to give me insulin and not pills? I want to save what’s left of my beta cells for when I really need them, in my old age. Insulin will help this, but pills won’t.
I don’t know how to get my doctor to accommodate my needs. Doctor shopping is too expensive.
I am not living, I am existing. The treatment of diabetes is both to keep you alive AND restore some semblance of a normal life. I have neither. Eat, walk, eat, walk. Over and over every day.
I am just in a quandary over this horrible disease.
Any credible and practical suggestions?
In 16 weeks I will weigh less than 80 pounds but should weigh at least 135-150.
For me, Diabetes is a death sentence.
Get a new doctor.I hope you are seeing an endocrinologist as normal GPs really aren’t that knowledgeable about diabetes.
If you are at the stage of losing weight (called ketoacidosis) then you need treatment with insulin asap.
If you are also insulin resistant you may have no choice but to go on pills – you said so yourself that diet and exercise just isn’t working. Doesn’t matter how much insulin you pump into your body if you are insulin resistant – it still cant use it. Although I think there is a type of insulin that is used for t2, called byetta or something. Ask your dr about that.
Its very hard to cut carbs altogether from your diet; if you dont get enough, your body will convert protein into carbs. I really think you should seriously reconsider your stance on pills; at least till you can it undercontrol. Anyway, make an appt with a new endo right away!