Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cinnamon for Sleep Loss-Induced Insulin Resistance

From Baylor University in Waco, Texas comes research that has found that finds that taking cinnamon products may be beneficial in dealing with insulin resistance caused by sleep loss. Not getting enough sleep accelerates prediabetes and causes the pancreas to have to work overtime to keep blood sugar levels down. The extra insulin secreted by the beta cells to maintain normal blood sugar levels remains available for storage of fat.

The biochemistry of signaling proteins is a bit more than we care to discuss here. The bottom line of the Baylor study, however, is that if you are a stressed out, sleep deprived prediabetic, cassia cinnamon and cassia cinnamon extracts may help you avoid the progression of your condition to full-fledged type 2 diabetes.

Selected Reference:

Jitomir J, Willoughby DS. Cassia cinnamon for the attenuation of glucose intolerance and insulin resistance resulting from sleep loss.
J Med Food. 2009 Jun;12(3):467-72. Review.

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