Diabetes: this spice would better control blood sugar

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A spice that we often have in kitchen cabinets could help prevent type 2 diabetes, especially in people with prediabetes. This is what a recent American study reveals, the results of which are encouraging.

Diet plays an important role in the prevention and development of diabetes, some foods can even prevent risks.

A recent study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society reveals that a particular spice may be of interest in controlling blood sugar.

Giulio Romeo, a researcher at the Joslin Diabetes Center, in Boston (United States), and his team investigated different ways to prevent the progression of prediabetes, which is a strong risk indicator for type 2 diabetes.

In this way, they sought to know if the properties of cinnamon could help reduce the level of glucose in the blood, especially in patients with prediabetes.

The participants, all adults and with prediabetes, received 500 mg of cinnamon or a placebo, three times a day, for 12 weeks, as part of a varied and balanced diet.

Their blood glucose (blood glucose concentration) was measured regularly during this test phase, on an empty stomach, but also after meals, and these various data on the blood sugar level of each of the patients could be collect to be compared.

Cinnamon would have a positive effect on blood sugar

When comparing the results of the two groups, the specialists observed that the fasting blood sugar levels increased in the patients who received the placebo and that it remained stable in the patients who consumed cinnamon daily. Similarly, blood sugar levels were lower after meals in patients in the group that received cinnamon supplements compared to those who received placebo.

"In people with prediabetes, 12 weeks of cinnamon supplementation improved fasting blood sugar and glucose tolerance, with a favorable safety profile," say the authors of this work.

These initial results are encouraging, "further and larger studies should confirm the effects of cinnamon on the rate of progression of prediabetes," they add.

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