I am interested in lowering my blood sugar. Does taking cinnamon help?
– Marc W.
Just taking a supplement of an herb or spice is not a recommended treatment for lowering blood sugar.
In 2013, the American Diabetes Association indicated a lack of evidence to support the use of cinnamon for the treatment of diabetes.1 An article in Medical News Today noted that research is mixed yet suggests “cinnamon may help fight some symptoms of diabetes.2” The Diabetes Council indicates that the evidence to support the use of cinnamon to lower blood sugar levels is currently not strong.3
Overall, cinnamon may be a useful adjunct therapy tool for some people but is not a replacement for traditional diabetes treatments. Consult with your healthcare provider before trying any unprescribed diabetes remedies.
- “American Diabetes Association Releases New Nutritional Guidelines” 9, 2013. http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2013/american-diabetes-association-releases-nutritional-guidelines.html Accessed Oct. 15, 2018.
- Zawn Villines “Cinnamon, Blood Sugar and Diabetes” Medical News Today, April 28, 2017. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317207.php Accessed Oct. 15, 2018.
- The Diabetes Council Team “Fact from Fiction: Is Cinnamon Good for Diabetes?” Oct. 13, 2018. https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/fact-from-fiction-is-cinnamon-good-for-diabetes/ Accessed Oct. 15, 2018.
– Debbie J., MS, RD
This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.
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