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Question: Insulin resistance & the use of cinnamon


 natalia - Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:59 am

Hello, I am a 34 yr old female who has insulin resistance. It was diagnosed in 2002. My endo currently has me on Metformin 2 x daily (850mg each), I have lost approx. 30-40 lbs while on the Metformin. I have always been extremely active but the only way I have seen weight loss results is by taking this med. I exercise 6 days a week for approx. 1 1/2 hr. From high intensity step classes, kickboxing and spinning classes. Suddenly my weight loss has stopped, my endo ran tests and it all came back normal. My question is the following, I currently came accross many articles on cinnamon and it's benefits on insulin resistance and diabetes type 2. It seems to help lower blood sugar and help significantly with insulin resistance. However I read that if taking any type of diabetic medications one must be very caustious to use the cinnamon or non at all because the 2 can have a serious affect, one being a dramatic drop in blood sugar, is this correct? I am currently checking with my own Endo but wanted to hear from other experts in the field. I would like to begin drinking a tea using cinnamon a least 2 times daily.
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 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:33 am

User avatar Hello,
It sounds like you are doing great in controlling your insulin and sugar. The exercise is such an important part that many people struggle with so congratulations!

I am not familiar with the cinnamon but have seen nothing to contraindicate its use so I see no problem with it.

Good luck in your continued efforts to maintain good health.
 Dr. A. Rajput - Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:53 am

User avatar This reply is probabaly very late. But nonetheless it should help future members with similar queries.

Few studies have shown a positive effect of cinnamon in lowering blood glucose as well as its antioxidant properties. It is a spice so can be used as long one doesn't have acid peptic disease.

natalia wrote: However I read that if taking any type of diabetic medications one must be very caustious to use the cinnamon or non at all because the 2 can have a serious affect, one being a dramatic drop in blood sugar, is this correct? I am currently checking with my own Endo but wanted to hear from other experts in the field. I would like to begin drinking a tea using cinnamon a least 2 times daily.


You can take cinnamon along with metformin. Metformin by itself doesn't lower blood sugar. It reduces insulin resistance, which means it increases peripheral uptake of glucose and decreases excess glucose release from liver which is the basic pathology in insulin resistance.

Your basic aim should be - not letting blood glucose shoot above normal limits.

Exercise
Diet planning
Metformin

do help in insulin resistance.

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