Diet plays a major role in the prevention and development of diabetes, some foods even help prevent risks.
A recent study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society reveals that a particular spice could be of interest in controlling blood sugar.
A spice to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes?
Giulio Romeo, researcher at the Joslin Diabetes Center, in Boston (United States), and his team, investigated the different means of preventing the progression of prediabetes, which is a strong indicator of the risk of type 2 diabetes.
They thus sought to know whether the properties of cinnamon could help reduce the level of glucose in the blood, especially in patients with prediabetes.
Participants, all adults and suffering from prediabetes, therefore received for 12 weeks, either 500 mg of cinnamon or a placebo, three times a day, as part of a balanced and varied diet.
Their glycemia (concentration of glucose in the blood) was measured regularly during this test phase, on an empty stomach, but also after meals, and these various data on the blood sugar level of each of the patients could be collected for be compared.
Cinnamon would have a positive effect on blood sugar
By comparing the results of the two groups, the specialists observed that the fasting blood sugar level increased in the patients who had received the placebo, and that it had remained stable in the patients who had consumed cinnamon daily. Likewise, blood sugar levels were lower after meals in the patients in the group who received cinnamon supplementation compared to those who received a placebo.
“In people with prediabetes, 12 weeks of cinnamon supplementation improved fasting blood sugar and glucose tolerance, with a favorable safety profile,” say the authors of this work.
These first results are encouraging, “More and more extensive studies should confirm the effects of cinnamon on the rate of progression of prediabetes”, they add.
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