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Health News Archive 350 - Glucose Levels
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Cinnamon Lowers Glucose Levels

Cinnamon extract may positively impact fasting plasma glucose concentrations in Type II diabetics, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Hannover enrolled 79 patients with Type II diabetes, who were not on insulin, in a double blind study to take aqueous cinnamon purified extract (3 g/d) or placebo capsules for four months.

At the end of the intervention, the cinnamon group showed a significantly greater reduction (10.3 percent) of fasting plasma glucose level, compared to the placebo group (3.4 percent reduction). The decrease in plasma glucose correlated significantly with baseline concentrations, suggesting patients with higher initial plasma glucose levels may benefit more from cinnamon intake.

With no adverse reactions reported, the researchers concluded that “cinnamon extract seems to have a moderate effect in reducing fasting plasma glucose concentrations in diabetic patients with poor [blood sugar] control.”

Source: Mang B. Effects of a cinnamon extract on plasma glucose, HbA1c, and serum lipids in diabetes mellitus type 2. Eur Jou Clin Inv 2006 May; 36(5): 340-344.

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