The influence of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes patients
Nowadays a lot is published about the influence of cinnamon on health. Cinnamon is not only known as a spice for the kitchen, but also because of all the health benefits. For example, it helps to combat various diseases including type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a common disease in the Netherlands. More than 1.2 million people in the Netherlands have diabetes, which equals 1 in 14. Of these 1.2 million, 9 in 10 people in the Netherlands suffer from type 2 diabetes. Diabetes has an excessive blood sugar level. Normally this is lowered because the pancreas releases insulin to the blood, but with type 2 diabetes the body does not respond well so that the blood sugar level remains high.
Version Weekly mentions that cinnamon lowers blood sugar. This is partly due to the slowing of the rise in blood sugar levels after a meal. This has also been discussed in the Netherlands; nu.nl published an article in 2013 on the health benefits of consuming cinnamon for type 2 diabetes. This shows that a cautious conclusion may be drawn about the positive effects of cinnamon for type 2 diabetes patients.
In 2018, researchers at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a study into the health effects of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes patients. Here, however, a variable has been added to the research; the BMI. Two groups were created during the study, one group receiving two cinnamon capsules a day for three months, and the other group taking placebo pills. The BMI, body fat and the sugar, insulin and cholesterol values after these 3 months were examined. The result that emerges is that there have been improvements in the values of the group with cinnamon capsules. In addition, the improvements are strongest among the test subjects in this group with a BMI higher than 27.
From this it can be concluded that it has indeed been demonstrated that cinnamon brings health benefits for type 2 diabetes patients. Particularly for the group with a BMI higher than 27. Although no conclusions were dared to be drawn before, this recent study has proven the opposite.