cinnamon prevents prediabetes from progressing to diabetes

As many as 90 million Americans are on their way to diabetes. They are prediabetics whose blood sugar is higher than normal. The condition often progresses to diabetes, so it is crucial to stop it in its tracks. And the stopper may be a safe, simple herb you already know very well.

Cinnamon has a reputation as a diabetes herb that is supported by a large body of research. These researchers wanted to see what would happen if you gave cinnamon to prediabetics who were not on any diabetes drugs.

The double-blind study gave either a placebo or 500mg of cinnamon to 54 prediabetics three times a day. At the end of the twelve week study, fasting blood sugar was still going up in the placebo group, but it stayed stable in the cinnamon group: the cinnamon stopped the progression, and the advantage over the placebo was significant. Cinnamon significantly decreased the blood sugar on the oral glucose tolerance test, while the placebo did not. The cinnamon was safe.

So, the researchers concluded that, if you are prediabetic, cinnamon safely improves blood sugar and glucose tolerance.

The first clues that cinnamon could help diabetes began to emerge several years ago. Since then, the evidence has continued to mount. This new study contributes to the research by importantly adding that cinnamon may help stop prediabetes from progressing to diabetes.

Journal of the Endocrine Society 2020, bvaa094

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