The American Diabetes Association has released the findings of a study which appears to prove cinnamon is more than just a tasty spice for desserts. Although it has been difficult to show consistent results in clinical trials, cinnamon has been used as a folk remedy for a number of ailments throughout the centuries and in many different countries. More recent studies, including this one, have concluded that cinnamon does indeed have an effect on the human body. Moreover, the type of cinnamon and the way in which it has been processed could play a role in how useful it is. If this is true, it would explain the previously inconsistent results seen in clinical studies.
At Xuhui Central Hospital in Shanghai, Ting Lu and a team of researchers set out to carefully study the effects of cinnamon on diabetic outpatients in order to find out whether there truly was any merit to this beloved folk remedy. During a small, well-controlled, double-blind clinical study, 69 men and women over the age of 48 were monitored for three months. All participants in this study had type II diabetes as well as blood glucose levels above the recommended targets of 7 percent. The men and women were divided into three groups: One group which took a placebo, one which took 120 milligrams of cinnamon each day before breakfast, and one group that took 360 milligrams each day. In addition to either a dose of cinnamon or a placebo, the subjects were also taking a sulfonylurea (gliclazide), which is a common first-line treatment for type II diabetes.
The end result after three months is promising: Patients taking a high, 360 milligram dose of cinnamon lowered their blood glucose level from 8.9 percent to 8.0 percent. Those taking a low, 120 milligram dose saw an improvement as well, lowering their blood glucose from 8.9 to 8.2 percent. The group who took the placebo each day saw no improvement. Additionally, the low-dose group also improved their triglyceride levels. These results have been compared to 9 other clinical studies, and 3 other recent studies support their findings.
Although more research is required to know exactly which form of cinnamon is the most effective, it may also be possible for researchers to pinpoint the active ingredient itself so that new blood sugar therapies may be developed in the future. For now, however, the results are clear. Cinnamon is an effective blood sugar regulation tool for patients with type II diabetes.
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