Cinnamon and blood sugar

By Kehi7 Latest Reply 2010-01-05 02:44:58 -0600
Started 2010-01-02 09:06:47 -0600

I heard some people say cinnamon was great for diabetics as it helps stop the rise of high blood sugar, is this true? If not, are there any pros of adding cinnamon to your diet?

16 replies

Preacher1 2010-01-02 21:33:15 -0600 Report

I use cinnamon mixed in with coffee grounds while brewing. It is marvelous. I don't know how it affects any thing as far as blood sugar.

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Pat Roth 2010-01-02 15:10:04 -0600 Report

I don't know if cinnamon is really helpful to diabeitcs, blood wise, BUT I LOVE different flavors and it has become a key ingredient for me to add to about anything. Years ago our youngest daughter adds it to her baked beans, along with the brown sug, catsup, and I loved the FLAVOR, which is something I am always looking forward to, for a CHANGE of flavor —-Cinnamon/nutmeg tea, is also good for diarrhea- but I just like to sip on it—this winter, too much coffee, afte 1/2 cup, gets my tummy going!

Iroquois 2010-01-02 13:23:01 -0600 Report

I don't know about BS but it does help lower your cholesterol. My sister's Dr. told her to take it and it brought hers way down. Best wishes. Kathy

jayabee52 2010-01-02 12:37:06 -0600 Report

I have heard that too, and I have added ground cinnamon to my oatmeal every morning for years now. I also make tea with the sticks and it is enjoyable, I don't know if there are scientific studies to show the effect cinnamon has on BG but it is said to affect cholesterol levels too. In my own unscientific study, I had given a mug of cinnamon tea to my bride. Her BG was over 600 at the time, and her BG came down to somewhere in the 300s.[She's back under better control now] Don't know for sure whether or what part the cinnamon tea played in bringing down her BGs but FWIW, I personally think there's some truth in the lore about cinnamon. I plan to continue to add cinnamon to my oatmeal in the AM and drink the tea throughout the day. Is it a "magic bullet" which will make up for bad eating habits? I don't think so. But it may be a part of a sensible eating plan and may well help with BG readings.

Harlen 2010-01-02 12:40:42 -0600 Report

You can eat oatmeal??
It makes my BS go way up and I love it lol

Monalisa 2010-01-02 13:20:14 -0600 Report

Harlen try old fashioned oatmeal, not the instant or fast cooking kind these are more procesed and have many carbs, good luck my friend.

jayabee52 2010-01-02 20:50:39 -0600 Report

I asked my nutritionist about oatmeal and she said the benefits of the whole grain fiber outweigh the BG rise. I also spike the fiber content with oat bran cereal about 50/50 so I get the effects of the fiber. Because its whole grain it is in the midrange of the Glycemic index.

Preacher1 2010-01-02 21:36:04 -0600 Report

I eat oatmeal but only from scratch. The instants make my sugar go up but not the good old fashoned stuff.

jayabee52 2010-01-05 02:42:35 -0600 Report

I don't use the instant packets either. Most of those have added sugar in the packets. Mine comes in the round cardboard can. ~James~

sweething 2010-01-02 11:06:34 -0600 Report

I've heard that, too. But don't know how much, what form to use (I've seen cinnamon pills offered), etc. I use it for the taste on canned fruit, applesauce, etc.

Harlen 2010-01-02 10:56:25 -0600 Report

Every thing I can fined leads me to think that it has some trueth to it but whats in it that makes it work is such a small dose that it may help a little but sadly will neve replace insulin o=well
We will all keep looking and hoping.
Give it a try I mite help you?
Best wishes

BIRDY 2010-01-02 10:11:54 -0600 Report

yes , I also heard that cinnamon is a helper to regulate the blood sugar.It's recommended to consume half or one tea spoon of cinnamon everyday.You can either spread on your fruits or on your desserts.But I don't know about the capcules.It's worth to try , at least no side effects.

donna13 2010-01-02 09:25:27 -0600 Report

Before I was officially diagnosed with D2, but when my bg levels were beginning to rise, I asked my doctor about taking cinnamon capsules. She said she didn't know if it would help, but didn't see any downside to taking it. I tried but it aggravated my reflux so I quit before I could see any difference.

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