Cinnamon Yes or No

By Somoca Latest Reply 2012-03-11 10:48:27 -0500
Started 2011-04-22 18:55:42 -0500

My mom was convinced by someone that cinnamon is the cure all for Diabetes.. I disagree. What does everyone think?

95 replies

Just saying
Just saying 2012-03-10 12:52:02 -0600 Report

It works for type 2 and it has to be true cinnamon a lot of the cinnamon we use is cassia not true cinnamon the label should read cinnamon zeylanicum, cinnamon non-irradiated, Which is true cinnamon and yes it does wonders.. You can't think by eating a cinna-bun that u will get results let be real.. It can also help with weight lost if u take it will raw honey..

jayabee52 2012-03-10 13:07:01 -0600 Report

How does one find this "cinnamon zeylanicum"?

Armourer 2012-03-07 17:01:35 -0600 Report

I'm taking it as a test, finished one bottle now the other. To date my numbers have been lower then usual, but how much I don't know. My vote is still out. It it a cure all, not by a long shot!

JSJB 2012-03-07 13:45:11 -0600 Report

I was picking up a perscription at the drug store and while waiting I started reading the back of the Finest Natural Cinnamon 1000mg. There is a warning on the back that says if you are taking medications or have diabetes to consult you doctor before useing. Any comments?

Pynetree 2012-03-07 15:06:34 -0600 Report

Would hope that that warning is on any vitamin, mineral, dietary suppliment, or other OTC products that are sold. And it is valid advice. You should absolutely tell your Dr.
I have found that usually,the Pharmacist is more knowledgeble and up to date on interaction info than most Dr.'s.

JSJB 2012-03-08 03:35:12 -0600 Report

Never thought of asking the pharmacist. Will ask this Friday when I pick up another perscription. Thanks for the reply.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 13:57:51 -0600 Report

If you are one of the folks that it works well for, you will get a BG drop that is significant. If you have an issue with low BGs, this could cause a hypoglycemic episode that is dangerous. Personally, I cook with lots of cinnamon, but I've never particularly responded to either the cinnamon in the tablets or the cooking variety. I just like the taste.

jlively1 2012-03-07 09:41:16 -0600 Report

I think it depends on the person mostly. Cinnamon will probably do a better job helping with your blood sugar numbers if you are also eating right. It's not like someone can sprinkle a little cinnamon on some pancakes and expect it to counteract the pancakes. I also think it depends on the type of diabetes we are talking about. If a person's diabetes is only diet related and not inherited, them maybe the cinnamon would have a better chance in working. Just my thoughts…

Pynetree 2012-03-07 15:10:44 -0600 Report

very true, I personally tried a Cinnabon once a week, and a cinnamon bun once or twice a week…but it really didn't help with my blood glucose. ; )

ochibeachgirl 2012-03-07 15:16:10 -0600 Report

I have been drinking a locally made tea blend of cinnamon and peppermint (with a lil brown sugar) and my last HbA1C is 4.8! so there may be some merit in cinnamon!

jayabee52 2012-03-11 10:48:27 -0500 Report

Brown Sugar? Seems to me that this is counterproductive since brown sugar is typically white sugar with some measure of molasses in it. But I guess one can't argue with a 4.8! (unless you had a lot of lows making up that average for those 90 days).

Gambling 2012-03-07 09:18:12 -0600 Report

I think it varies person to person and each of us should test it out .I will start adding it in my daily diet in things such as in my egg whites, on my serial or oatmeal, heck I will even try sprinkled on my veggies .

JSJB 2012-03-07 03:51:10 -0600 Report

It is human nature to try anything to cure a problem. I do not know if it works or not but my wife made irish patatos and after eating a few of them quite a few of them :) (covered in cinnamon) my bs went from 144 the day before to 127 the next morning. I only test once a day and that is in the morning and my bs readings are in the 130's sometimes less. I liked what I read so next trip to the mall I will hit the nature store and get some. I will try anything to stop or slow this problem.

jayabee52 2012-03-07 07:31:31 -0600 Report

Perhaps if you do a Blood Glucose (BG) test just before you eat a serving of those Irish Potatoes and 2 hrs after, you might get a better idea of what is really going on with them and how they really affect your unique metabolism. Anything higher than a 50 point rise 2 hrs after may be cause for avoiding said potatoes in the future.

Since white potatoes are a simple, starchy. carb, your BG levels MAY be shooting up quickly and then overnight falling rapidly.

Really, I would suggest for the sake of your own health, to start testing your blood 3 times a day MINIMUM. Then you'll have a better understanding of your BG levels and what food/drink is doing to your unique metabolism.

Those 3 x/day are:
#1 fasting, (without eating anything when you first get up),

#2, 2 hrs after the first bite of a meal of your choosing. (you can rotate the meal after which you choose to test by the day of the week for example Mon = Breakfast, Tues. = Lunch, ect.)

#3 just before bedtime.

You can learn a lot about how your body reacts to food by doing this.

reneeramaekers 2011-11-01 07:14:10 -0500 Report

I've been taking cinnamon for about a week and since I started my numbers have dropped from 160 (fasting morning) to 97 this morning !!!!! I believably works !!!!! And I will continue to take it !!!!! So happy with my results.

MarkGThomas 2011-07-31 16:23:10 -0500 Report

I couldn't tell much of a difference after taking 1 gram of cinnamon daily for months. I started taking Herbalife Snack Defense a few weeks back and saw a much more dramatic difference.

Darlene51 2011-07-31 08:00:23 -0500 Report

When I worked at a health food store I sold a lot of it to people with diabetes. I have not tried it.

Mistletoe 2011-07-07 16:58:49 -0500 Report

I have also heard that cinnamon is good to lower blood sugar levels. You can buy it in capsule form at health food stores. I haven't tried it personally though.

Mistletoe 2011-07-07 17:00:09 -0500 Report

I have tried the herb Fenugreek though and can personally attest that it works for me…also in health food stores or drug stores in capsule form.

berrykins0 2011-05-22 07:27:46 -0500 Report

i take 2 cinnamin pills day they seem to keep blood sugars in check my brand is natures bounty. these do other good thing for you to.

Somoca 2011-05-19 15:49:26 -0500 Report

There are so many reactions to cinnamon. It seems that it has different effects for everyone, very interesting.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-19 15:38:33 -0500 Report

I don't think cinnamon is a cure all for diabetes, but I do know that it has helped me regulate it better. Of course every one is different.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-05-18 21:33:19 -0500 Report

Just wanted to share: I was telling my 85 year old dad about the possible benefits of cinnamon for diabetics and he said, "Well, Cinnabon rolls have lots of cinnamon in them-just eat those!" Oh Dad, I wish…!

eristar 2011-05-19 06:57:46 -0500 Report

Sounds good to me! It would be much nicer than taking 2 capsules a day! SInce I started on them, however, my bg#s seem to be considerably more stable. I hope this trend continues! :)

berrykins0 2011-05-08 08:29:37 -0500 Report

i think it helps keep your blood sugars in check . i take two cinnamon pills a day. the brand i buy natures bounty. i have faith in them. but i also take 1 tablet for diabetes.
its called ac 1 has said in normal range for 1yr 9 months.

Sidehack 2011-07-02 09:26:21 -0500 Report

I was on metformin before my Dr. took me off; it started doing damage to my kidneys. It was definitely easier to stablize my blood sugars.

larry A
larry A 2011-05-07 22:41:14 -0500 Report

I do not think that it really does anything to the blood sugars but if you believe that it does your body will probably react as if it really is reducing your surgar levels. I think it is like the paceblo effect. Anyway that is my two cents.

Mistletoe 2011-07-02 10:01:11 -0500 Report

You might also want to try the herb Fenugreek…I have tested a little high, taken the Fenugreek and retested and my bloodsugar went down…so I don't think it is just a placebo effect. (I am also on Metformin).

chopi 2011-05-05 14:08:47 -0500 Report

I have been taking 1000mg of cinnamon a day for 7 months and have not realy seen any change in my daily readings. I think I take it just for the mental thought hoping it will do some thing.

spitfirelady 2011-04-26 15:56:25 -0500 Report

Oh,cinnamon we put in green tea (tsp) morning and night…and on cut oatmeal!! Started this 5 weeks ago,too…it couldn't hurt! Found "roasted Saigon cinnamon" that is McCormick product that is delicious at HEB!

spitfirelady 2011-04-26 15:49:59 -0500 Report

Hi ..I am new to diabetes and this site, but love the conversations. My fasting was 147 five weeks ago, and really got to reading everything. Just finished my RN refresher course for texas! Whew, at 59 feel like that battery rabbit!!! I have now lost 8 lbs/ and am bl. Sugar around 115! My saving grace is finding lo cal/lo sugar/ high fiber and low salt breads/pitas/tortillas/pastas then pile on the veggies, add one egg with added egg whites, fresh or frozen veggies without sauces (only my own),chicken/lo fat turkey, sirloin steak, fish, canned lo sodium tuna in water, cento brand San mazano tomatoes( 20 mg salt) that is thick and tastes like rich tomatoes…jalapeƱo salsa I make, whole grain rice, pasta (Smart taste),…the difficult part is eating out!!! Wow,most meals are dripping in fat, carbs, and sodium(enough to sink a battle ship!! So, I take a nutritional application everytime we head out. So I love to cook, so I cook!!!:)the bread items make me so happy, I don't miss anything. We grill year round down here!

helen7898 2011-05-18 18:43:26 -0500 Report

I am recently diagnosed and up for anything that will help in lowering my bs so I am glad that I read your input. Thanks

Yasmina 2011-04-25 10:31:47 -0500 Report

There has been some conversation on the fact that cinnamon helps to reduce high blood glucose. I have a friend whose father is a severe diabetic and in a nursing home. He heard about the cinnamon thing and began taking a spoon of it several times a day. Now he had been there for a long time with higher than normal results. After a few weeks of doing the cinnamon thing, his glucose levels began to do a downward spiral. There was no difference in his other medications or any changes in his exercise routine or food intake. Just the fact he was taking the cinnamon. This seemed to result in a few very low glucose levels and then they began to come more often. The nursing staff made him stop taking the cinnamon and now he is back to higher levels and the same ways of treatment with no better results. I don't know if this was due to his sysem or to the mental thought that this was going to help him. The mind can do wondrous things if it wants to. As for facts…I can't tell you yes or no, but I've been thinking on giving it a try myself. I use alot of insulin a day so maybe a little cinnamon added to the diet can't hurt too much…I like the stuff anyway.

nanaellen 2011-04-23 21:11:25 -0500 Report

Cinnamon is definitely NOT a cure but I know an old timer that used to come into the rest. I worked at and he told me he drank a glass of cinnamon water every morning and it took about 2 or 3 months before he saw any results but that it dropped his numbers by 50 points!! Haven't tried it myself yet wanted to discuss with my Dr. first! I personally think it lowers #'s because when you THINK cinnamon you THINK sweet stuff and it's not REALLY sweet it's spice but even if it's mind over matter I'll take it!! LOL Ellen :)

Type1Lou 2011-04-23 14:54:10 -0500 Report

If it were that easy, there would be no more diabetes. Everything you put in your mouth and swallow has to be accounted for and some of those will affect your blood sugar more than others. Each individual needs to discover what effect a particular food has on their body and ingest (or NOT) accordingly. I might react very differently from eating the same thing you do because we are very different people with different metabolisms and activities. Learn what works best for YOU…then have the strength to do it…not always easy. Happy Easter! (Is that a cinnamon-creme easter egg?)

melissa5786 2011-04-23 12:43:26 -0500 Report

It's not a cure all, but it certainly helps me keep my good BG readings up to par! Maybe it's just the power of positive thinking, but I do believe that helps good numbers stay where they should be. I take 2 cinnamon tablets a day and I have nothing but good things that come out of it.

Yes, I still get the occasional high reading and no that doesn't deter me from doing everything I can to NOT let diabetes become what I am. I don't think taking cinnamon pills are adding some in your coffee or tea is going to make diabetes disappear, but I do believe it helps keep me in check.

northerngal 2011-05-07 15:59:33 -0500 Report

Health benefits of cinnamon have been proven, mostly for minor assistance with blood pressure and cholesterol. So for type 2, it might help some. But for type 1, there is no evidence that it does. Still, I love ciinnamon and oatmeal and if it has any health benefits without the possibility of overdosing (I don't think you can OD on cinnamon), there is no harm in believing that its beneficial. Go cinnamon!

tj101 2011-05-05 11:58:51 -0500 Report

hi melissa i use cinnamon but not in tablet form i sprinkle it on my food i have also found it helps with keeping my numbers where i want them or very close to it ,i mainly get my high readings when i eat something i didnt count for .

gramme 2011-04-23 10:56:49 -0500 Report


jeffrey9127 2011-04-23 10:07:20 -0500 Report

I took cinnamon Capsules for four months. I did not see any improvement in my BS readings. It may work for some people, but it did not work for me.

Pynetree 2011-04-23 07:42:19 -0500 Report

I take cinnamon in capsule form, comes with a pkt of Diabetes Vitamins and Minerals. My BG is pretty controlled.(last A1c was 6.3) Don't know if cinnamon is worth crediting…but it isn't hurting.

GabbyPA 2011-04-22 23:13:55 -0500 Report

Cinnamon is not a cure all, but it can help those with good numbers to keep them good. It is not great for reducing high numbers. At least not in amounts that you can consume without eroding your stomach lining. I say, if you like cinnamon, add it to everything you can. It can't hurt and you may find that you desire less sweet and more spice.

Here are some discussions on it.

June Tademy
June Tademy 2012-03-07 14:51:08 -0600 Report

I like this Gabby, I sprinkle on toast, and tea, I do not know if it works or not I just know that I am enjoying something that I like and true it can't hurt. We have to remember everyone is different and everything works differently on everyone.

cherokee925 2011-04-22 21:08:30 -0500 Report

I have taken cinnamon and I cannot say that I have seen a change in my blood sugar levels.

RAYT721 2011-04-23 03:19:17 -0500 Report

I haven't noticed that it helps but I know it doesn't hurt… unless, of course, I am eating a cinnamon doughnut!

Somoca 2011-04-23 03:22:42 -0500 Report


Dinah99 2011-04-23 12:13:06 -0500 Report

I've been told it helps but haven't used it often enough to see a significant difference in my blood sugars. Do think I'd like to give cinnamon a fair "shake" though..=)

Dinah99 2011-05-19 18:42:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for this advice. Just wondering, does your site name signify something other than being lovely but hurt or is there another meaning to it. Hope I'm not being too intrusive. Just wondering.

MissCochran 2011-04-22 21:43:36 -0500 Report

Cinnamon doesn't seem to affect mine either. It's possibly because it's a spice and not an inherent sugar. But then again, I'm no expert . . . I'm a witness. =)

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