How real is the link between diabetes and cinnamon? The connection between diabetes and cinnamon has been studied scientifically. This diabetes and cinnamon research proves that cinnamon lowers blood sugar.
A more recent study, involving adding cinnamon to a Type 2 diabetes diet, concentrated on cinnamon’s impact on stomach emptying. The recommendations from this study were that adding cinnamon to a Type 2 diabetes diet could help in blood sugar control. Sadly this does not give us carte blanche to add cinnamon biscuits, buns and apple pie to our Type 2 diabetes diets, the fat and sugar they contain would outweigh the benefits of the cinnamon! As cinnamon enhances the effectiveness of insulin, it can only be used to treat Type 2 diabetes where the body produces some insulin. It cannot be used to treat Type 1 diabetes where no insulin is produced to begin with.
While some research suggests that cinnamon enhances the effectiveness of insulin, resulting in lower blood sugar levels, other research contradicts this conclusion. Cinnamon may significantly help people with Type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate their blood sugar. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as an herbal medicine. Cinnamon bark was rubbed on the torso to eliminate rashes, and twigs from the cinnamon tree were used to treat ailments of the fingers and toes, including arthritis and athlete’s foot. Cinnamon’s unique healing abilities come from three basic types of components in the essential oils found in its bark.
Cinnamon, or perhaps one or more of its chemical components, might one day prove useful against type 2 diabetes, and against its chief component, insulin resistance. If you decide to use cinnamon and are diabetic, I would advise notifying your physician and monitoring your blood sugar levels. Based on past studies, it seems that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes. In the future, you are likely to see more research about cinnamon and diabetes.