Cinnamon steps up to help diabetes type 2 sufferers

Mother nature has given diabetes type 2 sufferers a helping hand: In the simple form of Cinnamon.  

Normally treated with complex medications such as biguanides, thiazolidinediones, meglitinides, and DPP-4 inhibitors, this could be good news for Type 2 sufferers, or those at risk, who wish to reduce their intake of drugs in a quest to keep their body healthy.

In 2003 a study was undertaken on the effects of ingesting 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon per day.  On as little as 1 gram, results showed amazing improvements in blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days.  Levels continued to improve for 20 days after that.  Proponents have also reported reduced cravings and hunger, weight loss, and of course reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Although large and long term studies have not yet been undertaken, there are no known side effects of taking cinnamon – only the above mentioned positive effects. So there’s nothing to lose!

“I’m a Type 2 sufferer and have been for about 2 years,” says Joan. “I ran out of medication once, and didn’t take anything – my blood count was 378 and the doctor wanted to put me on the shots. I decided to give the cinnamon a try. When I ran out of medication I was running at 150-175, but two weeks later after the cinnamon, I’m running at a steady 115-120.”

“After taking three meds daily for two years, my morning fasting glucose reading was 130-140,” says Roy. “I started putting cinnamon on my morning toast and my readings went to 85-95. After a few days without cinnamon my numbers are back up at 130-140 – two days back on cinnamon and the number drops back to 85-95. I’ve gone through this cycle several times. Cinnamon works for me.”

We have started stocking Swisse Professional Cinnamon which may help you in any of the above areas.  It also is a powerful antioxidant and aids digestion. A Marshall family member controls her blood sugar using this – she swears by it.

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Omega 3 shown to help type 2 diabetes

Epidemics: Small pox in India, Meningitis in West Africa, Cholera in Haiti…

Epidemics only affect those in the Third World don’t they?

No, there is one happening on your doorstep: Diabetes.

In Australia
•   The number of new cases of diabetes each year would fill the MCG
•   The average weight of Australian adults (aged 18-70) has increased by 0.5-1kg per year for the last 20 years
•   It is estimated that 1.8 million Australians are living with diabetes. By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes.
•   The cost of diabetes to the Australian health system is estimated to $6 billion per annum. While people living with diabetes are hit with increased personnel costs

Around the World:
•   Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic disease
•   It currently effects 284 million people and is expected to affect 438 million by 2030
•   Every 10 seconds, two people develop diabetes and one person does from a diabetes-related causes
•   Type 2 constitutes about 85-95% of all diabetes
•   Estimated global healthcare expenditures to treat and prevent diabetes is expected to be $376B (USD) in 2010 and $490B (USD) by 2030
Courtesy Natural Meds Newsletter

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in your blood. We need sugar, or glucose, to be converted from our food into useful energy. The pancreas is responsible for converting these sugars into energy with a hormone called insulin, which is reduced in diabetes conditions, leaving the blood with a high sugar content.

The sufferer will feel dizzy, have headaches, mood swings, blurred vision and a host of other complications. If left untreated diabetes can be very serious.

Being overweight is a main contributor to diabetes type 2, and up to 60 per cent of cases can be prevented with lifestyle changes. To add to this, recent studies have just been undertaken on the effects of Omega 3 on diabetes, and show that it can help to decrease it’s effects by enhancing hormones which help to burn sugar and control the fat balance.

Omega 3 is an “essential fatty acid”- our bodies do not make them, so we have to get them through food or supplements. Not only has this little wonder been shown to help with diabetes, but it is also attributed to positively aiding conditions such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Plus it is fuel for the brain – the area where Omega 3 fatty acids are most concentrated.

“Essential” it very well is!