Cinnamon Lowers Hemoglobin A1C in Type II Diabetics
Monday, November 16, 2009
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
A randomized controlled trial with 109 Type II Diabetic patients1 showed that adding cinnamon to their treatment regime was superior to the basic treatment alone, in terms of lowering hemoglobin A1C.
Taking cinnamon for 90 days enabled the treatment plus cinnamon group to lower their hemoglobin A1C by .83 percentage points, compared to .37 percentage points by the treatment alone (meaning that adding cinnamon more than doubled the effectiveness the basic treatment.)
The authors concluded, “This study gives diabetes care providers and diabetic patients an easily accessible, likely safe, and cheap alternative to help treat type 2 diabetes. According to the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, a drop of hemoglobin A1C from 7.9% to 7% lowers the risk of macrovascular disease 16%, retinopathy 17% to 21%, and nephropathy 24% to 33%; thus, a 0.83% drop in hemoglobin A1C levels in patients might be expected to yield similar reductions in morbidity.”
Adding cinnamon to a nutrient support program makes sense for any person seeking to support healthy blood sugar metabolism.
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