Type II Diabetes (incomplete)
Cause: Overweight??

The problem arises not because insulin isn’t being produced, but because cell membranes in overweight people develop a resistance to insulin and doesn’t let it penetrate to the inside of cells and deal with the sugar.

New blood test levels: It used to be that a fasting blood sugar level below 110 was considered “safe” but it is now felt that any reading between 100 and 110 should be considered definitely pre-diabetic and demands immediate action. If you loose weight quickly you may avoid all the complications of full-blown diabetes.

Coffee: The latest studies show that three cups of coffee per day help prevent the onset of Type II diabetes but that once you reach fasting blood sugar levels over 100 coffee is very bad for you because it causes a surge in sugar levels.

Cinnamon: Taking a half-teaspoon of cinnamon every day MAY increase the effectiveness of insulin in Type II diabetics and may be especially helpful if you are not yet in need of insulin injections. Consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or treatment.

I don’t have the time or funding at the moment to post all the supporting information at this time but I didn’t want to delay posting this information which is derived from real medical research, mostly in Scandinavian countries and Japan.


Cinnamon Supplementation in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Posted 05/03/2007

Antony Q. Pham, B.S.; Helen Kourlas, Pharm.D.; David Q. Pham, Pharm.D.
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".... We found two prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed clinical trials and one prospective, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed clinical trial that evaluated the efficacy of cinnamon supplementation in patients with type 2 diabetes; a total of 164 patients were involved in these trials. Two of the studies reported modest improvements in lowering blood glucose levels with cinnamon supplementation in small patient samples. One trial showed no significant difference between cinnamon and placebo in lowering blood glucose levels. Overall, cinnamon was well tolerated. These data suggest that cinnamon has a possible modest effect in lowering plasma glucose levels in patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. However, clinicians are strongly urged to refrain from recommending cinnamon supplementation in place of the proven standard of care, which includes lifestyle modifications, oral antidiabetic agents, and insulin therapy."

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