Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Cinnamon Help Diabetes?

Thursday, 29 March 2012 11:11 AM

Question: I’ve read that cinnamon can help with diabetes and lower cholesterol. I am taking a teaspoon of it a day, even though this seems like a large amount. Do you see any harm in taking this amount?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Cinnamon appears to be safe. However, people with liver damage should be careful because large amounts of cinnamon may increase liver problems. In one study, volunteers ate from 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon. Researchers did find that indeed, cinnamon reduced cholesterol by about 18 percent and blood sugar levels by 24 percent. Before taking cinnamon, do consult your doctor, especially if you are a diabetic, and on antidiabetic medication…you don’t want your blood sugar levels to go too low.

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