The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    More negative news for cinnamon and diabetes

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

    The review focused on randomized placebo-controlled studies of cinnamon where patients were randomly assigned to cinnamon or a placebo.

    And, the results.

    • 5 studies of 282 people with diabetes were identified.
    • A reanalysis of the results (meta-analysis) revealed that the use of cinnamon did not significantly alter A1C (a measure of long-term blood sugar control), fasting blood sugar levels, or cholesterol.

    In addition, there was no benefit in any specific groups of patients.

    The bottom line?
    I was surprised how many sites continue to support this myth. Don’t depend on cinnamon to help control diabetes

    These findings support earlier studies summarized here.

    1/15/08 18:16 JR

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