Stanley Gilmer
By Stanley Gilmer Latest Reply 2012-01-13 23:45:35 -0600
Started 2012-01-01 06:32:32 -0600

Will consuming ground cinnamon daily help control abnormal blood sugar levels?

48 replies

Matunuckan 2012-01-13 20:42:33 -0600 Report

I have been using Cinamon for about 6 weeks now, having read about it in this forum. I have read that it works for some people, & not for others. Well, it works for ME, so give it a try!

trc0705 2012-01-09 17:16:08 -0600 Report

Cinnamon works for my husband when taken daily. The best part is it taste good. However, it may not work for everyone. The best advice would be to try it for 60 days and see if it helps you. Cinnamon has many health benefits. I found a site that gives you a little more information, Take care and good luck.

nzingha 2012-01-08 01:38:30 -0600 Report

i put it in my oates, take the tablets daily.. doesnt do a thing for me except add some flavours to what would be rather bland foods.. lol!

Jagee 2012-01-07 14:04:02 -0600 Report

I use cinnamon in everything even put it in my coffee grounds before brewing my coffee…more studies shows that it helps than dont…I am a 24 year insulin dependent diabetic…what Docs want tell you is that insulin effects your metab. system so it is very hard to loose weight…Also I walk everyday…6 injections aday I have had enough I have started my own diet control and exercise and slowly have decreased all my insulins…sometimes my numbers are good and sometimes not so good…but I am determined to stop this insane life I live…

jayabee52 2012-01-08 03:55:42 -0600 Report

Howdy Jagee. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for our little family but since you do, I am glad you are here!
It is the individual's metabolism which determines whether cinnamon works for a person or not —- not some "study".

In Feb 2011 I did much the same as you. I stopped my insulin entirely. I also stopped eating bread and anything made with flour or cornmeal. I was able to keep my BGs in the normal range, my last A1c was 5.5 and I lost about 50 lbs.

Are you T1 or T2?

Blessings to you and yours


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-04 11:08:22 -0600 Report

I use it on baked sweet potatoes which I eat most of the winter. I never noticed its effect on my BS but will start checking it out.

daer269 2012-01-03 23:05:38 -0600 Report

I take cinnamon daily and it has helpped me not have as big of an apetite. my blood sugars are leveling out so I like it.

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 18:43:54 -0600 Report

I have found cinnamon to be very effective in lowering my BG when it gets above where I would like it to be. Additionally, I have found that having a handful of almonds and a 16 oz bottle of water is a sure fire way to instantly lower my BG when it has gotten too high (over 200). Works for me every time.

Stanley Gilmer
Stanley Gilmer 2012-01-02 18:47:58 -0600 Report

I purchased some Natures Bounty 2000 mg cinnamon tabs today and took my its one. Will give it a week to see what gives.

berrykins0 2012-01-03 08:45:26 -0600 Report

i use this brand and have for 3 yrs seems to help me out along with metforin i take 1 time daily i used take 2 metformin but been off 1 of them for been off of 1 of them for 1yr 1/2 now. hope you have good luck with it

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 22:41:43 -0600 Report

I don't take it in capsules. I just have it in my oatmeal and toast and cereal.

Caroltoo 2012-01-02 22:44:14 -0600 Report

Sherrie: it's a marvelous flavoring that I use all the time also. Do you see any indication it lowers BG?

SCLWKR 2012-01-02 23:04:04 -0600 Report

Carol, yes, my numbers will go down following having it in oatmeal, on toast (toast alone will spike my BG). So I'm sold on it. And just let me tell you how hot oatmeal with sweetner, cinnamon and a few raisins tastes just like a fresh out of the oven oatmeal raisin cookie!! Heavenly!

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 21:54:12 -0600 Report

I tried oatmeal with cinnamon for two days and went from normal to 180 where it hovered. Definitely is not for me.

I love the flavor of cinnamon and will continue to use it in cooking because I really haven't seen any negative response when used that way.

jigsaw 2012-01-05 15:37:38 -0600 Report

Oatmeal raises my bloodsugar also unless I eat no more than a thimbleful. I do love the stuff and occasionally i treat myself to a small bowl of it. Then I go for a bike ride to keep my bg at bay.

jayabee52 2012-01-05 22:03:31 -0600 Report

I have stopped eating oatmeal also. Even the steel cut oats raises my BGs too much. I will on occasion eat oat bran, but even that at the recommended serving size raises my BG too much. I got the rise in BG down to 30 by eating half a recommended serving (with water). It, however didn't satisfy me, and I wanted more.

I didn't try it with cinnamon. I will need to try that and measure the results.

Young1s 2012-01-06 09:42:43 -0600 Report

My numbers were high after eating the oatmeal, too. But then again, I ate two bowls of it. I shouldn't have done that.

jigsaw 2012-01-07 16:03:56 -0600 Report

How true, but also there is one obvious big factor amongst many, we are all taking different medications at different times during the day and eve. Add this to the fact that some type 2s produce different amounts of insulin along with different degrees of insulin resistance and you have a piece of the puzzle solved.

Young1s 2012-01-04 10:46:04 -0600 Report

Sherrie: I tried this for breakfast this morning and it was yummy. But, I gave it one too many shakes of the cinnamon bottle and it had a slight aftertaste. Thankfully, I was keeping count so I won't make that mistake next time.

Young1s 2012-01-03 23:50:33 -0600 Report

That sounds so delicious. And I do love oatmeal cookies. Lucky me, I have all of those ingredients, too.

SCLWKR 2012-01-04 23:25:16 -0600 Report

I look forward to my "cookie" every day at 9:30 in the morning. This would also be a delicious, relaxing treat at bedtime while snuggled up in bed reading a book…

Caroltoo 2012-01-02 18:29:32 -0600 Report

Al and James,

I'm at a disadvantage today because my glasses fell out of my purse last night and the fine print on the bottles is drattedly hard to read this morning. My arms aren't long enough!

I, too, purchased Cinnamon at a pharmacy thinking it would be the correct type. I am now reading the fine print right now and it says it is cinnamomen aromaticum. In other words, the kind that smell good.

I did some online research on Dr. Williams website a few minutes ago and found the article I referred to earlier. It recommended Cinnamomun Cassia, bark, as the only kind that was effective. According Dr. Williams, others are all hype. Incidentally, this is not a product he has sold. It was just a discussion. His catalogue shows NO cinnamon and did not when the article was written in 2006.

Also, the chromium most frequently talked about is the chromium picholinate that Al is referring to. The one I have taken for years and found very helpful is GTF Chromium. The GTF stands for Glucose Tolerance Factor. It is how I got started treating my diabetes with supplements, food, and exercise. It does work for me.


jigsaw 2012-01-03 07:34:29 -0600 Report

Caroltoo—— It's funny, that as the years go by, our arms get to short to read comfortably! I have the same problem…

jigsaw 2012-01-02 18:54:26 -0600 Report

The cinnamon that I took was (ciinnamomum cassia) (Bark) as stated on the bottle. I still have a half empty bottle left. The spelling in parenthesis is correct. I also tried GTF Chromium with no noticable change. Like they say, we're all different. It's probably best to give it a try and see!

Caroltoo 2012-01-02 18:59:03 -0600 Report

Disappointing to hear this. I had hoped the correct cinnamon might be helpful Too bad, but at least I know not to buy any.

jigsaw 2012-01-02 19:21:25 -0600 Report

Caroltoo…I'm not saying It does not work. I could not detect a difference because of my normal bg fluctuations. If you keep a tighter bg control then I do, you might see an appreciable difference. Also not being on meds might make it easier to see if there are any appreciable results. Cinnamomum Cassia Bark is available at CVS pharmacy.

jigsaw 2012-01-02 19:38:20 -0600 Report

I have used it quite a few years ago. It did have very positive results for me. I was able to get it in a liquid extract form. Unfortunately, I ran into a problem finding it consistently. Also it is not recommended to take it for more then 4 weeks consecutively. Then discontinue for 4 weeks. This includes the actual fruit. It works by stopping the absorption of sugars through the intestine. Also, it increases the availability of glucose to the muscles.

jigsaw 2012-01-02 18:16:26 -0600 Report

I tried cinnamon in capsule form purchased from a pharmacy. The label on the bottle claimed it supports blood sugar. Not the kitchen variety cinnamon as far as I know. I did not notice any difference after about 6 mos of use. I was also told that cinnamon is naturally high in chromium content. I never checked it out to see if it's an accurate statement, but chromium didn't seem to do much either. I took chromium picolinate for about a year. This is one of the easiest forms of chromium for the body to absorb. I was advised by a respected natural pharmacist at that time. Simply put, if there was any improvement, I could not detect it.

jayabee52 2012-01-01 23:10:10 -0600 Report

WELCOME to Diabetic Connect, Stanley sorry you have it, but glad you are here!

I manage my BG levels through what I eat and don't eat similarly to what Kevin (kirla) does. My answer is similar to Kevin's also. I myself am taking cinnamon + chromium in a capsule, (two caps twice a day) and don't notice dramatic results for me. When I finish this bottle I will reasess if it works well enough for me to continue, or look for something else to try.

It may however work for you, as each person's metabolism is unique. All you can do is try it. Who knows, perhaps it will work well for you!

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Caroltoo 2012-01-01 23:41:59 -0600 Report

I love the taste and use in cooking, but I've never seen a resulting change in BG. I have also read that the cinnamon that was used in the studies that produced this recommendation is not common kitchen cinnamon. (source of this comment was Dr. William's newsletter about 4 years ago). According to him, you need to buy the correct type before it will help. So, perhaps before we give up, we ought to research this one a little more.

Kirla 2012-01-01 10:26:29 -0600 Report

Some people claim it helps and some claim it doesn’t. Best advice is to try it and see what happens. If it helps keep taking it and if it doesn’t you could continue to take it or quit. Only you can decide whats best for you.

I found that eating lots of low carb vegetables and drinking plenty of water helped me a lot. Cutting back or eliminating high carb starchy foods also helped a lot in bringing my blood sugar down form the 300-400 range to almost normal numbers in a month or two.

I believe you should be testing your meals. Test before and after each meal and if the different is more than 30-50 points you might want to examine what you ate to see if you can lower it next time. Some people say to test 2 hours after eating and some say 1 hour. I don’t think it really matters as long as you’re testing.

Testing one hour after eating should be pretty close to your peak after meal value. 2 hours it shouldn’t be much higher that when you started. Maybe 20-30 point difference is a good target 2 hours after eating. If you test before eating and then about every 10-15 minutes thereafter you should see a steady rise in your numbers, then it should start to drop. If you did this for every meal you should soon be able to figure how different meals affect your blood sugar and make changes to what you eat to help lower it.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard-boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also. In my opinion it’s about balance. Each meal should include low carb vegetables and a little meat or other source of proteins and fats. I don’t believe in eating lots of meat but 2-3 oz’s should be ok.

Each person needs to find what works for them. Some people can eat more carbs than others and some have to watch the fats more closely. I found what worked for me and was able to control my blood sugar and get ride of the meds in less than 2 months. Some people never find their way and suffer with high blood sugar until it kills them. Hope you find what works for you.

Good luck

reneeramaekers 2012-01-01 10:17:31 -0600 Report

I take it too it helps me. Some people say it doesn't work for them but it cheap and it doesn't hurt so give it a try. I just gave a bottle to my moms husband they took him off Metforman and his numbers have been crazy.

berrykins0 2012-01-01 08:39:10 -0600 Report

i been using cinnamon for the last 3yrs for my diabetes it seems to help me out. take natures bounty 2 caples a day.

Young1s 2012-01-01 11:20:23 -0600 Report

Where do you buy yours because I haven't been able to find them in Walgreen's or CVS. I'm within walking distance of both (and a quick bus/train ride to others), so I was trying to avoid having to purchase some on line. But everytime I go, they seem to be out of stock. That's my assumption, anyways.

pixsidust 2012-01-01 16:35:32 -0600 Report

CVS is the most expensive store. Walgreens has them. Just ask. Get them when they have a buy one get one sale