Cinnamon Capsules

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Shel
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   Posted 4/19/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings,
 
My husband has been recently diagnosed with diabetes.  His numbers were in the 400's and now in the mid to sometimes high 100's.  We've been told that cinnamon capsules of 500mg twice a day will help bring down the sugar.  Has any tried cinnamon capsules?  Has anyone heard of this helping?  Just curious as my husband would like to try it.
 
Shel
 
 
 

joules
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   Posted 4/19/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard that too -  I checked with the dietician at the diabetic clinic and she says there is NO scientifc evidence of this.   She also said that she wasnt a believer.........   However - I am -   I take a half teaspoon of cinnamon on my cereal every morning -   I am sure it helps but if it doesnt - I love the taste anyway.......

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/19/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Shel,
It's true that cinnamon has blood lowering characteristics but it's only a gentle add-on therapy, not a true medication. You don't mention what he has done to get his sugars down this far... Is it meds? If so then a change in his meds would bring the sugars down to safe levels. Remember, anything higher than 150 (that's 8.3 eu) more than two hours after a meal is doing permanent damage to blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, liver, feet and legs. If he is running in the mid to high 100's I'd be looking at better meds than cinnamon. He may need more exercise as well.

Have you both had the nutrition class with the dietician yet? Is he keeping a food journal? Does he write down his blood glucose readings and check with his food plan on what is giving him the big numbers? Is he seeing an endocrinologist? Sometimes a GP will be a bit slow in jumping on the treatment. Mine was... and I have the eye and kidney damage to show for it. His wife joined the practice and she went after me like a house afire! Changed my meds, demanded that I join the Y, made me come in for frequent visits and generally just whipped me into shape. I am totally grateful to this dedicated woman because she made me responsible for my diabetic care and now I own my numbers.

You might want to get hubby to join us here. There are lots of guys with diabetes and they are all going thru the same thing he is. Good luck with this.
~ Jeannie
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harry4
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   Posted 4/21/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
severla studies on the net report it does seem to help but I wouldnt entirely rely on it, I dont like the aftertaste so put the powder into capsules

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Warren
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   Posted 4/21/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Cinnamon capsules won't hurt you but don't rely on them really doing much to move your blood sugar more than 25 - 50 points at best!! If Cinnamon were really effective, drug companies wouldn't still be spending 100's of millions of dollars on diabetes drug research!  They'd all be selling cinnamon!!!
 
If you take the Cinnamon and it pulls your Hubby from where he is to under 100, well thats super!  If they don't really move him at all, well, chalk it up to a good old fashioned try, but don't expect to eliminate one of his meds with it!
 
scool  Warren

Shel
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   Posted 4/24/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, thank you for your responses. Yes, my husband and I have met with a dietician to go over the diet plan, he does excersise some and is currently taking medication orally and the insulin shots. His numbers lately have been between 120-180 depending on what he eats. He does actually record his numbers in a journal mostly every day. Since it's new to him and me, not only do we deal with diabetes but also with end stage liver disease. My husband is currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant...so the diet regime is nothing to new to him but the the overall picture is a bit overwhelming with several illnesses going on simultaneously. They did tell him that 80-120 even up to 150 would be a pretty healthy number for him to maintain. So he's working at it. I know cinnamon isn't a miracle drug but just curious about it.
*Hugs, Thoughts, and Prayers*
   *Shel in New Mexico, USA*
 


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/25/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Shel,
I will be remembering both of you in my prayers. You have a lot on your plate right now. Bless you for being such a caring and thoughtful wife to try to investigate every avenue.
~ Jeannie
Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


quahog
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   Posted 5/4/2007 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello,
 
I take 1000mg of cinnamon capsules everyday and I swear by them.   I have been told that you want to make sure that it is in capsule form because your saliva can break down the compounds and render the cinnamon useless.    Also this only works for Type 2 and not for Type 1
 
Another thing that works very well (at least for me) is Apple cider vinegar.    2 Tablespoons either straight if you can tolerate it or mixed with water.  I have noticed dramatic results from it.   It seems to lower the glycemic index on the foods you eat.  It is thought that Acetic acid in the vinegar is what is responsible.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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