Type 2 diabetes: Eating this winter spice could lower blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin, and because of the body’s poor insulin production, blood sugar levels in the body keep rising. Over time, if left untreated, rising blood sugar levels can pose life-threatening health risks, such as heart disease and stroke, so it is important to regulate blood sugar levels.

Modifying your diet plays an essential in managing blood sugar levels as certain foods have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and slow the rate of absorption of food into the bloodstream – a mechanism that helps to control blood sugar spikes after meals.

Numerous studies suggest cinnamon, an aromatic spice that is used in a wide variety of cuisines, boasts blood-sugar-lowering properties so adding it to your meals can help to control blood sugar.

Research investigating the effects of of cinnamon on blood sugar has shown that cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal, reducing the risk of blood sugar spikes.

Glucose is a simple sugar that builds up in your bloodstream and is the primary cause of high blood sugar levels.

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Mounting evidence suggests cinnamon’s impact on blood sugar levels is significant, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by 10–29 percent.

How much should I take?

A study reported in the Agricultural Research Magazine found that consuming just one gram of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes.

In addition, results from a a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal, found that a daily intake of one, three or six grams reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.

Triglyceride and cholesterol are types of molecules found in your blood and high levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Low or medium GI foods, on the other hand, are broken down more slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels over time.

These include:

  • Some fruit and vegetables
  • Pulses
  • Wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats

In addition, low GI foods, which cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall slowly, may help you feel fuller for longer, helping you to control your appetite and may be useful if you’re trying to lose weight – a key measure in blood sugar management.

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Urinating more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision

The NHS recommends visiting your GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and you’re worried you may have a higher risk of getting it.


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