Health News: Cinnamon Improves Blood-Sugar Control for Diabetics

The number of people affected by diabetes in the European Union (EU) 25 is projected to increase to 26 million by 2030, up from the 19 million currently, according to the 2005-2007 American Diabetes Association figures. In the US, the numbers are more startling. About 24 million people in the US live with diabetes, which is about eight percent of the population.

However, by taking cinnamon-extract supplements, you may be able to help control your blood sugar. The results from a randomized, double-blind clinical study showed that low and high doses of water extract from cinnamon were associated with improvements in blood-sugar levels, while the low dose was also linked to reductions in triglyceride levels.

“Based on our observations as well as other groups’ reports, we propose that cinnamon be considered a promising supplement for the therapy of type-2 diabetes when hyperglycemia cannot be satisfactorily controlled by other strategies such as diet, exercise, and prescribed medication,” wrote research from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.