Monday, September 27, 2010

The Study on Cinnamon for Diabetes that Will Appear Next Month in Diabetic Medicine

Here at the Diabetes Detectives, we do our very best to help you stay completely up to date on the latest developments for keeping type 2 diabetes in good control. In that spirit, we would like to tell you about a study that will be appearing in October 2010 in the British journal Diabetic Medicine.

Drs. Akilen, Tsiami, Devendra, and Robinson of the Thames Valley University, Imperial College London, and National Health Service recruited 25 men and 33 women with type 2 diabetes who were not being treated with insulin. These volunteers were not "well controlled." The average HbA1C of the volunteers was 7.0%.  That's equivalent to an average fasting blood sugar of at least 145 mg/dl or so, depending on how the lab runs the test.

Half the volunteers received 2 grams of a placebo and half the volunteers received 2 grams of cinnamon every day for 12 weeks. At the end of the trial, HbA1C was down an average of about 0.6% in the cinnamon group, essentially unchanged in the placebo group. Users of cinnamon had lower average fasting blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, lower waist circumferences, and "lower BMI." Assuming cinnamon did not cause volunteers in the test group to grow taller, this must mean that they lost weight.

None of the researchers conducting the study suggests that cinnamon is a "cure" for diabetes, but in this latest of over 60 studies, it at least appears to be quite helpful. Once again, as in earlier research, the type 2 diabetics who were helped the most by cinnamon were those who had the poorest control over their blood sugar levels. Cinnamon seems to be an aid to blood sugar control that works when you need it, and has no special effects when you do not.

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