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By: MercyOne Staff
Type 2 Diabetes: 3 Sweet Facts About Cinnamon’s Effect on Blood Glucose Levels
Don’t neglect your sweet tooth! Instead, swap out sugar for cinnamon—an indulgent yet practical way to keep your blood sugar under control:
Improves Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Levels
In 2003, a clinical study revealed that cinnamon bark improved both blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Also, the spice may decrease risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A daily intake of 1g, 3g or 6g of cinnamon bark was shown to lessen serum glucose, triglyceride, and bad cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.
Increases Insulin Sensitivity
Cinnamon can increase insulin sensitivity. In 2000, researchers learned consuming 1g of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or even reverse type 2 diabetes.
Slows Stomach Emptying and Reduces Hyperglycemia
A 2007 study proved that eating 6g of cinnamon slowed stomach emptying and significantly reduced hyperglycemia after meals.
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