Effects of Cinnamon on Blood Glucose and Lipids Levels in Diabetic Patients (Type2)
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of supplementation of cinnamon on levels of blood glucose and lipids among type 2 diabetics. The samples consisted of 75 subjects of both sexes (40 males and 35 females) with type 2 diabetes, and the doses of cinnamon 6g were equally administered orally in the form of capsules with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The doses were given for 4 weeks. Blood samples were taken on the starting day of the experiment and at the end of 4 weeks. The fasting blood glucose and lipids levels of types 2 subjetcs were determined. From the results obtained, the mean value of fasting blood glucose level on the starting day before cinnamon intake was found to be 210.5mg/dl, and the mean values for lipids were triglyceride (205.5mg/dl), total cholesterol (290 mg/dl) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (170mg/dl). When diabetic subjects consumed the dose of cinnamon for 4 weeks, their mean fasting blood glucose level dropped to 120.5 mg/dl, triglycerides (160.2 mg/dl), total cholesterol (215.4 mg/dl) and LDL (122.5 mg/dl). The reduction in the mean fasting blood glucose and lipids levels were significant at P<0.001 and P<0.05, respectively. Conclusion: This study provides evidence that cinnamon is effective in decreasing glucose level and lipids level among type 2 diabetic individuals.