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Archive for the 'Cinnamon' Category

Looking for the metabolic effects of cinnamon

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Dietary fat is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers in Ireland measured the effect of 3 grams cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) on gastric emptying, postprandial lipid and blood sugar responses, and other metabolic effects. (more…)

Herbs and dietary supplements for diabetes control

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Dr. Désirée Lie’s post on Medscape reviews nopal (prickly pear cactus), fenugreek, cinnamon, and Gymnema.

Here are the highpoints. (more…)

Cinnamon 2 grams daily to treat diabetes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Researchers at Thames Valley University, in London, studied the blood sugar lowering effect of taking 2 grams of cinnamon daily in adult patients with type 2 diabetes.

A1c is used to monitor the long term control of blood sugar levels. (more…)

Should you trust supplements to lower cholesterol levels?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Researchers from Concord Hospital, in New Hampshire reviewed the evidence and graciously provide us with succinct conclusions.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Effectiveness of CAM in diabetes

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Diabetes tool boxResearchers at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario reviewed the evidence for improved control of diabetes in type 2 diabetes mellitus. (more…)

CAM for type 2 diabetes

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario focused their review on type 2 (AKA adult onset) diabetes.

Here’s a summary of the evidence for CAM therapies. (more…)

Benefits of cinnamon in diabetes

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Diabetes tool boxTaking cinnamon could be useful for lowering A1c levels in the blood in people with type 2 diabetes, according to this study by Dr. Paul Crawford at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)

Another look at cinnamon and diabetes

Monday, March 9th, 2009

It’s value is controversial. But researchers from Malmo University Hospital in Sweden take another look at the effects of cinnamon in diabetics. (more…)

CAM and diabetes: A round up of studies from 2008

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

November is diabetes month at the CAM Report.

Here’s what we covered so far this year. (more…)

CAM and diabetes: An update of recent studies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The World Health Organization has predicted a 39% rise in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes by 2030. And an article in The Lancet indicates this might be an underestimation.

Since November is Diabetes Month, here’s a round-up of CAM options for people with diabetes from 2006 through March 2007.

Lack of support for cinnamon to treat diabetes

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Two studies have concluded that cinnamon supplementation does not improve diabetes control in postmenopausal patients with type 2 diabetes.

One can be found here, but here’s the more interesting study.

The poor record of CAM to treat H. pylori bacteria

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

It’s unclear whether killing the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori improves symptoms in patients with dyspepsia (ie, stomach pain with fullness, bloating, or nausea). But there is benefit in people with ulcers.

Here’s a review from American Family Physician that recommends that all of us with dyspepsia be tested and treated if H. pylori is found. Recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology are here.

Is there a role for CAM?


More negative news for cinnamon and diabetes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital in Connecticut reviewed the literature and found no benefits. (more…)

Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.


Is there a role for herbal medicines in treating infections?

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Not based on what we know right now.

Here’s an overview.


How might cinnamon lower blood sugar levels?

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

The results of studies using cinnamon are inconsistent, but researchers from Sweden wanted to find out how cinnamon might lower blood sugar levels.

To do this, they measured the time for a serving of rice pudding (with and without cinnamon) to empty from the stomach into the intestines. (more…)

Prevalence of diabetes in the US in 2006

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

The Centers for Disease Control has just published the latest data on the prevalence of diabetes in the US.

  • 11% of adults aged 40 to 59 years
  • 23% of those 60 and older have diabetes

Is it any wonder that so many CAM therapies are studied in people with diabetes?

A quick listing of CAM entries for diabetes on this blog is provided below. Or, click the button on the right sidebar to see all of the diabetes entries.


The use of CAM among poor Central Americans

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Reported earlier on the site was a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that 36% of Americans use CAM ? 62% if prayer is included.

Now, here is an estimate of the use of CAM in one Central American country.