The effect of honey on diabetes remains controversial but here are views of the combination of honey and cinnamon in diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic condition that involves high blood sugar and complications that include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, nerve damage, loss of vision and hearing and kidney disease. Diabetics must watch the types and amount of sugars in the diet to control blood sugar and reduce the risk of complications. Consult your doctor about the benefits and risks of honey and cinnamon in diet for diabetes.
Honey and Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which your pancreas is unable to produce insulin, the hormone that transports sugar from your blood to your cells. As a result you must take insulin medication and eat low glycemic foods to help you control your blood sugar. Low glycemic foods contain sugar that your body absorbs slowly into your blood, preventing spikes and enabling you to control you blood sugar. Research by scientists at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and published in “Acta Diabetologica” in June 2011 compared the effects on glucose, sucrose and honey on children with type 1 diabetes and discovered honey has the lowest glycemic index and blood sugar level peak. The scientists conclude that honey can be used as a sugar substitute in patients with type 1 diabetes.
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Honey and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance by your cells, causing sugar to stay in your blood longer than normal and increasing your risk of complications. Lowering your blood sugar levels can help you manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of complications. Research by scientists at Dubai Specialized Medical Center and Medical Research Labs in the United Arab Emirates and published in the “European Journal of Medical Research” in July 2003 demonstrate that intake of honey is safe and effective in reducing blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. The results also demonstrate it lowers blood pressure.
Cinnamon and Type 1 Diabetes
Cinnamon is a spice used to season foods. Cinnamon also has distinctive properties that may lower blood sugar. However, cinnamon is not effective in improving blood sugar control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes, according to a double-blind, placebo-controlled research study by scientists at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and published in “Diabetes Care” in April 2007. The results demonstrate there are no significant differences in blood sugar, insulin intake or the number of low blood sugar episodes between cinnamon and placebo groups.
Cinnamon and Type 2 Diabetes
Cinnamon can be effective in controlling blood sugar and reducing risk of cardiovascular complications in type 2 diabetes. Research by scientists at Agricultural University in Peshawar, Pakistan, and published in “Diabetes Care” in December 2003 found consuming 1, 3 or 6 g of cinnamon daily reduces blood sugar, fat, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. The scientists conclude cinnamon can reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors in patient with type 2 diabetes.
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“Acta Diabetologica”; The Glycemic and Peak Incremental Indices of Honey, Sucrose and Glucose in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Effects on C-Peptide Level — A Pilot Study; Mamdouh Abdulrhman, et al.; June 2011
“European Journal of Medical Research”; Intrapulmonary Administration of Natural Honey Solution, Hyperosmolar Dextrose or Hypoosmolar Distill Water to Normal Individuals and to Patients with Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus or Hypertension: Their Effects on Blood Glucose Level, Plasma Insulin and C-Peptide, Blood Pressure and Peaked Expiratory Flow Rate; N. Al-Waili; July 31, 2003
“Diabetes Care”; The Effect of Cinnamon on A1c Among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes; Justin Altschuler, et al.; April 2007
Article reviewed by Eric Lochridge Last updated on: Jul 7, 2011
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