Cinnamon has been in the spotlight for some time now for its potential abilities as a natural diabetes cure. But should this tasty spice, used in cakes, cookies and pies, be considered a food for diabetics? Certainly cinnamon has been shown to have some effect on glucose levels, but how significant is this anti-diabetic action?
Researchers at the University of Melbourne recently tried to answer this question by reviewing a wide range of clinical trials pertaining to cinnamon and glucose control. They noted that alternative cures for diabetes are needed. Obesity levels have been rising steadily over the past five decades and are predicted to continue rising. This trend has resulted in skyrocketing diabetes rates.
The researchers investigated results for clinical trials involving cinnamon and its effects on insulin resistance. Evidence showed that cinnamon has a potentially significant role to play in diabetes prevention. It seems that cinnamon improves insulin resistance by preventing and actually reversing insulin signaling in skeletal muscle.
The researchers also found that cinnamon increases the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, which play an essential role in regulating your metabolism. Cinnamon’s most impressive and consistent action against diabetes was its ability to improve fasting glucose levels.
Along with offering benefits in the control and prevention of diabetes, cinnamon was found to be anti-inflammatory and may help to improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The researchers concluded by saying that it might be jumping the gun to suggest that cinnamon be used as a supplement to treat diabetes. However, its positive effects on glucose control are undeniable.
Other natural remedies for diabetes prevention include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating foods low on the glycemic index (GI). Certain foods that you may not be aware of will actually spike your insulin levels. Macaroni and cheese, white rice, and even a simple baked potato are all high on the GI list. See the Doctors Health Press article, Understanding Your Glycemic Index, for more information on the GI and improved blood sugar control.