Mary Walton, DMSc, PA
Diabetes is a global medical concern, and type 2 diabetes comprises most cases. Numbers continue to grow with increased risks of morbidity and mortality. Though therapeutic lifestyle changes in conjunction with antihyperglycemic agents continue to prove effective in treating type 2 diabetes, medication side effects and prescription costs remain barriers to treatment. As a result, it is essential to expand current research and development of long-used herbal therapies, such as cinnamon, proven to have glucose-lowering properties. Many randomized controlled trials have investigated the effects of cinnamon on various glycemic indices in patients with type 2 diabetes, such as fasting blood glucose, post-prandial blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C percentage, fasting insulin, and insulin resistance. This article reviews these findings along with the safety and practicality of cinnamon in treating patients with type 2 diabetes.
Coleman CL. Use of Cinnamon in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(1).
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