Type 2 diabetes means a person’s pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Over time, unchecked blood sugar levels can be a precursor to deadly complications such as heart disease. Making healthy lifestyle changes, such as overhauling one’s diet, offers the best defence against rising blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests consuming cinnamon can help to keep the risks at bay.
Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark of the branches of wild cinnamon trees. The spice, commonly used in cooking and baking, is increasingly being linked to improving diabetes management.
Research has suggested that cinnamon can help to improve blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Results from a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal 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.
A daily intake of just one, three or six 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 found that consuming just 1g of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes.
In addition, an analysis published 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.