A 12-week London
study was recently conducted involving 58 type 2 diabetics with
hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels over 7 percent. Hemoglobin A1c is
a marker for long-term glycemic control in diabetics.
After 12 weeks
on 2g of cinnamon per day, study subjects had significantly lower
HbA1c levels, as well as significantly reduced blood pressures (systolic,
SBP and diastolic, DBP).
2g of cinnamon for 12 weeks significantly reduces the HbA1c, SBP
and DBP among poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon
supplementation could be considered as an additional dietary supplement
option to regulate blood glucose and blood pressure levels along
with conventional medications to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.u201D
news, a new study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill points to a connection between magnesium in the diet and lowered
risk of diabetes.
that magnesium could influence diabetes risk because the mineral
is needed for the proper functioning of several enzymes that help
the body process glucose.u201D
studied magnesium intake and diabetes risk in about 4,500 men and
women aged 18 to 30. None of the participants were diabetic at the
start of the study.
Over the ensuing
20 years, 330 of the test subjects developed diabetes. The people
with the highest magnesium intake — about 200 milligrams for every
1,000 calories consumed — were almost 50 percent less likely to
develop diabetes than men and women who consumed about 100 milligrams
per 1,000 calories.
The study also
revealed that as magnesium intake increased, inflammation levels
decreased, as did insulin resistance.
NOTE: Reuters reports one wildly inaccurate conclusion:
that consuming whole grains (which are high in magnesium) is associated
with lower diabetes risk.
This is simply
If you're looking
for ways to increase the magnesium in your diet, avoid grains and
opt for healthier choices like avocados, almonds, certain types
of beans and peas.
Medicine: A Journal of the British Diabetic Association October
September 24, 2010
Care August 31, 2010 [Epub Ahead of Print]
As I discussed
in yesterday’s article on the
insanity of Avandia, drugs are not the answer for type 2 diabetes.
In that article, I described the natural and most effective way
to address type 2 diabetes. If you haven’t already read this article
I would strongly encourage you to do so.
The two reports
above are related in the sense that they demonstrate the power of
natural therapies — as opposed to drugs – to combat this epidemic
drugs, supplements such as cinnamon or magnesium should not be misconstrued
as cures. They are safer alternatives than drugs, but you cannot
properly address your diabetes if you still maintain a sedentary
lifestyle and a poor diet – with or without helpful supplements.
Can Benefit Diabetics
have investigated the “insulin-like” effects of cinnamon for a number
of years now, and as the latest study in Diabetic Medicine shows,
cinnamon keeps proving it’s a viable contender in the fight against
spice’s most impressive health benefits is its impact on blood sugar
and ability to improve glucose control.
just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has
previously been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels,
triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels
in people with type 2 diabetes.
found that the spice increased glucose metabolism by about 20 times,
which would significantly improve your ability
to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon has even previously been indicated
as a potential insulin substitute for those with type 2 diabetes
due to a bioactive component with “insulin-like” effects.
cinnamon lowers your blood sugar by acting on several different
It slows the
emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following
meals, and improves the effectiveness, or sensitivity, of insulin.
It also enhances
your antioxidant defenses. A
study published last year stated that “polyphenols from cinnamon
could be of special interest in people that are overweight with
impaired fasting glucose since they might act both as insulin sensitizers
bioflavanoid compound called proanthocyanidin may alter the activity
of insulin signaling in your fat cells.
have suggested people with diabetes may see improvements by adding
1/4–1 teaspoon of cinnamon to their food, and I see no reason
not to give this a try if you enjoy cinnamon (along with doing the
to improve diabetes, including eliminating fructose and grains
from your diet and exercising daily).
benefits of cinnamon include:
pain and stiffness of muscles and joints
compounds that may relieve arthritis
to prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease
compounds that stimulate circulation
ample amounts of cinnamon to your diet is an incredibly inexpensive
and great tasting tool for diabetics, and the likelihood of this
food causing any long-term complications is very small.
that unless you’re adding it to a proper diet — high in vegetables
and extremely low in fructose and grains – you likely will
not experience any benefit whatsoever.
Do NOT Lower Your Diabetes Risk!
makes a grave mistake when claiming that “the results may explain
in part why consuming whole grains, which are rich in magnesium,
is associated with lower diabetes risk.”
results they’re talking about is that people who consumed the
highest amounts of magnesium, from foods and vitamin supplements,
were half as likely to become diabetics over two decades as those
who consumed the least amount of magnesium, according
to a recent study.
the researchers, magnesium may decrease your diabetes risk because
magnesium is required for the proper functioning of enzymes involved
in glucose processing.
This has nothing
to do with whole grains, and does not support the claim that whole
grains are good for diabetics.
In fact, if
you’re diabetic or want to avoid becoming diabetic, then grains
— including whole grains – are at the TOP of the list of foods
to AVOID, right after fructose and other sugars.
like sugar, grains typically are a primary cause of insulin insensitivity,
which is at the root of diabetes.
Sources of Magnesium
As for magnesium,
study found that those who consumed about 200 mg of magnesium
for every 1,000 calories consumed were 47 percent less likely to
develop insulin resistance and diabetes, compared to those who consumed
half that amount of magnesium.
the researchers also discovered that as magnesium levels rose, markers
of inflammation decreased.
many important metabolic functions in your body, but if you want
to increase the magnesium in your diet, please stay away from grains
and opt for healthier choices, such as:
- Green vegetables,
such as spinach
- Raw broccoli
- Black beans
cinnamon and magnesium-rich fare, other foods shown to be particularly
beneficial for diabetics include:
broccoli could reverse the damage that diabetes inflicts on your
blood vessels. The key is likely a compound in the vegetable
encourages production of enzymes that protect the blood vessels,
and reduces the number of molecules that cause cell damage –
known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) – by up to 73 percent.
with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular
diseases such as heart attacks and strokes – both of which
are linked to damaged blood vessels.
— Researchers have found that bacterial populations
in the gut of diabetics differ from non-diabetics, and that
modifying your gut microflora with probiotics
and prebiotics can help improve the health of diabetics.
diet rich in vegetables can also help ward off diabetes.
The benefits are likely from the use of healthy fats and increased
veggies – NOT from the large amount of grains. Swapping
out your grains and sugar for high-quality sources of protein,
healthy fat (which INCLUDES saturated fat) and vegetables, can
set you off on the right path.
you’ll want to customize your diet according to your nutritional
type. To help you do this, I now offer the entire
online nutritional typing test for FREE!