People having pre-diabetic conditions can add cinnamon to their diet that lows to slow down the progression to type 2 diabetes, as per a study.
The 12 week study showed that adding cinnamon to the diet keeps blood sugar levels stable in pre-diabetic patients, according to corresponding author of the study Giulio R. Romeo, of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. The author also said that it has to be researched more if cinnamon can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over time.
The study has come up in the journal of the Endocrine Society.
The study was done in 51 participants with prediabetes. They were given a 500 mg cinnamon capsule or placebo three times a day for 12 weeks. It was found that cinnamon supplements lowered abnormal fasting glucose levels and improved the body’s response to eating a meal with carbohydrates. Cinnamon supplements also did not have any side effects on the participants.
The researchers handpicked a group of people who were not on any medication for pre diabetes. The researchers though that they could not get the best results if the study was done in people already taking some medicines for pre diabetes.
Several studies are associated with the benefits of cinnamon in controlling sugar. A lot of studies involving small groups of participants have already been published, which all showed the benefits of using it in the diet.
Cinnamon has been widely used from ancient times. They are mostly used in Ayurvedic medicines.