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Cinnamon helps fight type 2 diabetes mellitus

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By Jimmy Downs

Monday Sept 23, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study in International Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that taking cinnamon supplements daily can help prevent or even treat type 2idabetes mellitus.

This is a second trial in the past month to demonstrate that cinnamon can improve a range of metabolic parameters associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.

M. Vafa of Department of Nutrition, Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran and colleagues conducted the small trial involving 44 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus of whom 37 completed the study.  In the study, 22 patients were assigned to three grams of cinnamon supplement per day and another 22 controls were given a placevo per day for a total of eight weeks.

For the study,  weight, height, body fat mass, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, the fasting blood glucose, insulin, HbA1c (indicator for diabetes severity), total cholesterol, LDL C, HDL C, Apo lipoprotein A I and B were measured at baseline and at the end of the 8-week trial.   At the begining of the trial, both groups had similar characteristics, dietary intakes, and physical activity.

At the end of the trial,  those receiving the cinnamon supplement improved the levels of fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, triglyceride, body weight, body mass index, and body fat mass decreased drastically compared to baseline.  

No change in any of the parameters in the control group. The cinnamon group and the control group had similar levels of glycemic status indicators, lipid profiles and anthropometric indicators

The researchers concluded "These data suggest that cinnamon may have a moderate effect in improving glycemic status indicators," in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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