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Cinnamon cuts blood glucose levels in diabetes patients

February 22, 2014

Lyra Nara Blog

Consumption of cinnamon is associated with favorable reductions in plasma glucose and lipid levels, according to research published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Robert W. Allen, Pharm.D., of the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., and colleagues used data from 10 randomized, controlled trials involving 543 patients with type 2 diabetes to conduct an update of a previous systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of cinnamon consumption on glucose and lipid levels.

The researchers found that cinnamon, in daily doses of 120 mg/d to 6 g/d for four to 18 weeks, was associated with a significant reduction in levels of fasting plasma glucose (?24.59 mg/dL), but no significant effect on glycosylated hemoglobin. Cinnamon intake also was linked to significant changes in lipid levels, including decreases in levels of total cholesterol (?15.60 mg/dL), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) (?9.42 mg/dL), and triglycerides…

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