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Cinnamon Helps Prevent Prediabetes

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 July 2020 11:47 AM

A recent study reveals that cinnamon may help control blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes. The number of Americans with prediabetes, which can develop into diabetes, is estimated to be a whopping 84 million and most of these folks are not aware they have the disease.

Dr. Giulio Romeo, a physician at Boston's Joslin Diabetes Center and the division of endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said he and his team were looking at safe and effective ways to reduce the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes, according to CNN.

"Our 12-week study showed beneficial effects of adding cinnamon to the diet on keeping blood sugar levels stable in participants with prediabetes," he added. "These findings provide the rationale for longer and large studies to address if cinnamon can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over time."

This is not the first time the popular spice has been linked to reduced risk of diabetes. According to Diabetes.co.uk, a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal found that cinnamon improves blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes and may reduce the risks associated with the disease.

Another study published in the Agricultural Research Magazine found that taking just one gram of cinnamon daily helps manage or may even reverse type 2 diabetes. However, according to CNN, the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation is 6 grams, or one tablespoon, daily.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prediabetes is a threat to our health.

"Don't let the 'pre' fool you," said the CDC. "Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke."

The risk factors for prediabetes, according to the CDC include:

  • Being overweight.
  • Being 45 years or older.
  • Having a sibling or parent with type 2 diabetes.
  • Not exercising regularly.
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy.

The CDC says about 84% of people who have prediabetes have no clue that they are in danger. Diabetes affects every organ of the body and can lead many devastating conditions such as stroke, heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure.

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