By dorosmag Latest Reply 2017-10-10 04:50:18 -0500
Started 2013-05-17 08:05:32 -0500

I am newly diagnosed and have heard that taking a Cinnamon tablet will help with getting my blood sugar under control. Also, I like oatmeal. Does anyone know if I can have a bowl of oatmeal, just plain oatmeal, and sprinkle a little cinnamon on it? I am trying to control the diabetes and not let it control me. Thanks for any advice!

14 replies

JSJB 2017-10-10 04:50:18 -0500 Report

I was taking 2 cinnamon pill a day and did not notice any change. I was told and I think there is a post on this cite that it doesn't do anything for some people.


Smokebaby 2013-05-26 22:55:04 -0500 Report

I took the cinnamon pill recommended by my nutritionist ( cinsillin, found at Costco) took what her and my doc told me to and I had awful lows. I also eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast with cinnamon on it, this works fine but adding the pill was too much for me. If I ever run out of meds I will try just using them and see if it still has the same effect.

Armourer 2013-05-22 01:09:21 -0500 Report

I tried the cinnamon pill for several months and found it didn't do anything for my BG. Was watching a noon news program and was stated that the oatmeal for diabetics should be "steel-cut." I did this for a while but it spiked my BG too, but then any grain does this to me. I try not to eat any grain and that includes whole wheat & brown rice. But that's me!

Gwen214 2013-05-18 08:45:06 -0500 Report

I eat oatmeal, but it spikes my BG, so I eat half serving. I've heard that cinnamon helps, but not me. There's no affect at all. I just try to eat a balance meal, and exercise, I do what I can.

IronOre 2013-05-18 12:28:56 -0500 Report

but since you are on the pump, can't you adjust for a spike like that ?

Gwen214 2013-05-20 16:57:48 -0500 Report

Yes, if I check my my BG. Sometimes when it's really high, and I'm stressing, it just stays high even when my pump gives me a correction.

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Set apart 2013-05-18 06:55:07 -0500 Report

I love oatmeal, but for me too many carbs. I do sprinkle cinnamon in my coffee. Not sure if it works, but I try everything.

Chopstix 2013-05-18 03:00:52 -0500 Report

Remember, because we all have different blood types, what may work for some one else may not work for you. Always talk to your doc before taking any supplements. Just saying…

locarb 2013-05-17 13:57:53 -0500 Report

I understand perfectly. I was diagnosed over two years ago and since that time have "controlled" my BG by diet and exercise alone. As you know, diet and behavior modification are huge, as is exercise. You have to find the correct balance for you.

I take cinnamon capsules. You have to research the different types of cinnamon. By and large, the store bought kind that you sprinkle on food is not what you're looking for. The good thing is that other cinnamon(s) are available online for reasonable costs.

I want to point out one more thing. While my preference is to control this condition without medication(s), it is a life-long and complex condition. You may not be able to do it forever.

Lastly, I personally wouldn't touch oatmeal. By now I know what to eat (and what not to). I have to admit that "all things in moderation" is probably the best advice; however, I maintain BG in the high 80's and 90's by adhering to exercise and diet.

Good luck.

IronOre 2013-05-17 12:32:03 -0500 Report

I have heard the same thing too, but I don't know how true that is, because it would affect a type 1 diabetic (like myself) differntly than a type 2.

I try to have oatmeal (made with milk) with cinnamon (and a bit of sugar) everyday, and I don't just spinkle it on I add quite a bit (more than a teaspoon).
Both of those things (oatmeal and cinnamon) help blood pressure and cholesterol, and I have really noticed a good differnce in my readings.

IronOre 2013-05-18 12:27:35 -0500 Report

Just adding to my comment after reading some new posts.
I am type 1, so I can adjust my insulin in accordance to the carbs that I eat.
Yes, oatmeal has its share of carbs, but I adjust for that,
I mentioned that I add sugar to my oatmeal. Did you know that a packet of sugar is only 2 carbs ?

Acousins 2013-05-17 08:59:02 -0500 Report

Yes I have tried it but it didn't completely work for me but it helps… I also had to use other items as well to help me with my blood sugar…

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