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1 Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:23 pm


Assalimu Alaikum Forum and All who visit us. Glad you are here.

I wanted to start a Thread on Diabetes. We have had several requests for this Subject. I somewhat struggled with this subject cause it is so close to my heart. Sad My mother suffered with this illness that was linked to many episodes of sickness that lead to vision changes, poor leg circulation that caused 2 heart attacks which escalated to "BKA" below the knee amputations, dialysis and high blood pressure.
So bear with me on this matter but it need to be addressed. Sad

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2 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:25 pm


We will begin with a discussion on the types of Diabetes.
1. Type 1
2. Type 2

Most people have heard of diabetes, but many do not realize there is more than one type.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells). This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it. In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is made. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.
What is the treatment for Type 1 Diabetes?

Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin injections to move sugar from the bloodstream.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream. Some sugar is moved out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal insulin efficiency. High blood sugar is a result of this. Type 2 Diabetes used to be thought of as the adult onset type of diabetes. However, an alarming rate of children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
How is Type 2 Diabetes Treated?

Diet, exercise, weight loss, and in many cases medication are the treatment for this type of diabetes. Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may be placed on insulin to better control blood sugar. This type of diabetes is associated with physical inactivity and obesity.


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3 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:26 pm


Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms:

Individuals can experience different warning signs, and sometimes there may be no obvious warning, but some of the signs are commonly experienced: The onset of type 1 diabetes is usually sudden and dramatic and can include symptoms such as:

Extreme thirst and a dry mouth (Polydypsia)
Frequent urination (Polyuria)
Extreme hunger (Polyphagia)
Extreme tiredness/lack of energy
Sudden weight loss
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Sore or wounds that heal slowly
Recurrent infections
Blurred vision

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4 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:27 pm



Type 2 Diabetes - Symptoms

If you do have symptoms of type 2 diabetes, they may include:

*Feeling thirsty.
*Having to urinate more than usual.
*Feeling more hungry than usual.
*Losing weight without trying to.
*Feeling very tired.
*Feeling cranky.
Other signs of type 2 diabetes may include:

*Infections and cuts and bruises that heal slowly.
*Blurred vision.
*Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
*Trouble with skin, gum, or bladder infections.
*Vaginal yeast infections.


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6 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:35 pm



7 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:38 pm



It is very important to eat right and excercise.

We will begin a journey together to fight this disease. With a change in diet and excercise. I struggle with the excercise part cause my excuse is i work alot. May Allah help me this is still no excuse

8 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:44 pm




See our post on "Diet Soda's & Regular Soda's are a NO NO

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9 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:54 pm


I know you that have diabetes are wondering, well what can we eat and drink? You MUST learn to LOVE water. You can add Lemon and very little honey to it. Drink herbal tea's but stay FAR AWAY from artifical sweetners.
I know it may seem your limited to your selections but this little bit of knowledge goes a long way.
I had this conversation with a lot of diabetics and some take the advice but TRUST me. Do the research. I love you


10 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:57 pm


Low-Fat Vegan Diet for Reversing Diabetes

The WebMD Health Exchange
Talk about a vegan diet to reverse diabetes on the Diabetes Exchange
I have often declared that there are many good eating strategies for diabetes reversal. All eating strategies have strengths and weaknesses. In this blog entry, I’ll share my thoughts about Dr. Neal Barnard’s program for reversing diabetes.

I like Dr. Barnard’s approach. He is a physician who cares deeply about fighting diabetes and getting at the root causes. He recognizes the power of lifestyle change for reversing and preventing health problems, and he has been a leader in framing type 2 diabetes as a potentially “reversible” condition. He has published several books, including the Program for Reversing Diabetes (Rodale, 2007).

Dr. Barnard points out that people with type 2 diabetes or those at risk for diabetes accumulate abnormal fat droplets inside the muscle cells, and this leads to insulin resistance. Eating a high-fat American diet can worsen the problem. He also points out that weight loss can reduce insulin resistance and reduce or eliminate the abnormal fat droplets. This reduction of insulin resistance (or increase in sensitivity to insulin) results in improvement in blood glucose and A1c levels because the available insulin can now work more effectively to usher glucose from the blood into the muscles and organs that use glucose.

He reasons that minimizing dietary fat, especially animal fat (found in meat, eggs and dairy) can directly reduce or eliminate the fat deposits in the muscles. He has repeatedly demonstrated in published research studies (as have other researchers) that a low-fat vegan diet can reduce insulin resistance, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce elevated glucose and A1c levels. Part of the improvement is a result of the weight loss, and part of the improvement is driven by the diet itself. Add exercise to the diet and weight loss and you have a great prescription for type 2 diabetes reversal or prevention.

Vegan Dinner
Elaine Vigneault / CC BY 2.0He frames the vegan diet according to 4 main food groups – whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. He recommends steering away from refined grains and foods made from refined grains (such as white bread) as well as significant amounts of nuts, vegetable oil or high-fat vegetables and fruits. All animal products, including egg whites and non-fat dairy are out. Soy foods, if low in fat, are in.

His book provides a plethora of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas and recipes, and a strategy for adapting to this way of eating. A one-day menu might include:

Veggie sausage, rye toast, oatmeal with raisins and cantaloupe for breakfast
Green salad, split-pea soup and hummus-cucumber-tomato sandwich on rye for lunch
Spinach salad, pasta with tomato mushroom sauce and broccoli for dinner
Fruit for snacks
In my view, this is a solid eating plan that consistently produces good results when the plan is followed carefully. Whole grains help reverse diabetes in the context of a low-fat eating strategy. Fruits, vegetables and legumes do the same. Most people like these foods and find them filling and satisfying. Unfortunately, most people with type 2 diabetes find the vegan diet challenging to start and continue without exceptional coaching.

The vegan diet is a huge leap from the typical Western diet consumed by many with type 2 diabetes. Meat, cheese and animal products are hard for people to avoid after eating such foods daily for decades. Ditto for refined starches and foods high in sugar and fat. All eating strategies require dietary sacrifices (food types and/or portions), and going vegan low-fat may be one of the most ambitious changes one can make.

The payoff is high, but the dietary change is just too extreme for most folks. This is unfortunate, and I believe well-trained lifestyle coaches can help patients/clients overcome the barriers in many cases. If we in the medical profession tried harder, we could help a lot of people go vegan and reap the health benefits.

I’m grateful for Dr. Barnard’s leadership on this issue and see him as a great role model who personally practices what he prescribes. The low-fat vegan diet is not the only way to reverse diabetes, but it is an excellent option that is seriously underrated by patients and health experts.

- Michael Dansinger, MD

What are your thoughts on a vegan diet to reverse diabetes? Post your feedback on the Diabetes Exchange.

Link: http://blogs.webmd.com/life-with-diabetes-2/2010/05/low-fat-vegan-diet-for-reversing-diabetes.html?ecd=wnl_day_052210

11 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:58 pm


Is sugar even worse than we’ve thought? I urge you to watch “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” an engaging, informative and entertaining video of Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.

Uwe Hermann / CC BY 2.0In this 90-minute lecture, you will see a superb speaker present the case against sugar- a case that would make a trial lawyer swoon with admiration. I’ve always been concerned about the negative health effects of sucrose in all its forms (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.), but Dr. Lustig’s presentation on the scientific evidence, as well as the extent of our societal dependence on sugar, has profoundly changed my viewpoint.

He points out that sugar is not just “empty calories” or “high glycemic” (as if that wasn’t bad enough). He correctly points out that the fructose molecules contained in sucrose (table sugar), high fructose corn syrup and other forms of added sugar in processed foods acts as a toxin to the liver when consumed in excess.

Similar to alcohol toxicity, sugar toxicity causes liver damage. The liver toxicity, in turn, fuels the cholesterol abnormalities, insulin resistance, inflammation, high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors that drive the heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics that have skyrocketed during the past few decades.

If the health effects of sugar are equivalent in so many ways to those of chronic alcohol addiction, then how can we justify the daily average intake of 1/3 pound of sugar per man, woman and child in this country?

I admire what Dr. Lustig has accomplished in this presentation. Unfortunately, the societal dependence on sugar is so far advanced that reversing it seems improbable in the near term. Nevertheless, you can protect yourselves from excess sugar in modern processed foods by learning to carefully follow one of the many popular eating strategies that root out added sugars, including my own favorite eating strategy (that I use with most patients) discussed in detail in an earlier series of blog posts.

Thank you, Dr. Lustig for your leadership and a great lecture!

- Michael Dansinger, MD

Could you be addicted to sugar? Share your thoughts on the Diabetes Exchange.

Link: http://blogs.webmd.com/life-with-diabetes-2/2010/05/sugar-addictive-poison.html?ecd=wnl_day_052910

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13 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:01 pm


Wow this is very interesting information i found to post on how to reverse diabetes and Insulin Resistance... wow
Educate yourself

14 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:10 pm



WOW this is interesting, i will try to find this movie, Please let's spread the word...

15 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:12 pm


Low Vitamin D Linked to Poor Diabetes Control

Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency Common in People With Diabetes
By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Laura J. Martin, MDJune 21, 2010 -- Vitamin D deficiency, long suspected to be a risk factor for glucose intolerance, is commonly found in people with poor diabetes control, according to a new study.

''Our study could not show cause and effect," says Esther Krug, MD, an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, who presented the findings at ENDO 2010, the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, in San Diego.

But she did find that vitamin D deficiency was common in her study, with more than 91% of participants deficient. As the deficiency worsened, so did diabetes control. Only eight of the 124 participants took vitamin D supplements, she found.

About 18 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and about 6 million more are believed to have the condition but are undiagnosed.

Low Vitamin D, Poor Diabetes Control: The Study
Krug and her colleagues decided to look at vitamin D deficiency in the wake of reports suggesting that vitamin D has an active role in regulating pancreatic beta cells, which make insulin.

So they evaluated the medical charts of 124 people with type 2 diabetes (in which the body doesn't make enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin) seen at an outpatient clinic from 2003 to 2008. The charts contained information on the patients' age, race, vitamin D levels, calcium intake, family history of diabetes, and results of their hemoglobin A1c blood test. The A1c provides an average measurement of blood sugar control over about a 12-week span. (For people with diabetes, the goal is 7%; for people without, the normal range is 4%-6%.)

Krug's team divided the vitamin D levels they found into four groups: normal (defined in the study as above 32 nanograms per deciliter), mild deficiency, moderate deficiency, or severe.

In all, 113 of the 124 patients (91.1%) were vitamin D deficient -- 35.5% severely, 38.7% moderately, and 16.9% mildly.

The average A1c was higher in patients with severe vitamin D deficiency compared to those with normal levels of vitamin D. Those with severe deficiency had an average of 8.1%; those with normal vitamin D levels averaged 7.1%.

Krug found racial differences. ''In people of color, vitamin D levels were even lower than in Caucasians and they were associated with even poorer diabetes control," she tells WebMD.

Only 6.4% were on vitamin D supplementation. This was true, Krug says, even though they had medical coverage and saw their doctors. She suspects a lack of awareness on the part of the physicians partly explains the frequent deficiencies she found.

Aggressive screening of vitamin D levels is crucial for people with diabetes, Krug says. Once a supplement is recommended, she says, the blood levels should be rechecked to see if the supplement sufficiently increases vitamin D levels.

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Vitamin D Facts
Vitamin D is crucial not only to maintain bone strength, but research also suggests it plays a role in immune system functioning, cancer prevention, and cardiovascular health. It is produced when ultraviolet rays from the sun strike the skin and is also found in fish, eggs, fortified milk, cod liver oil, and supplements.

Adequate intakes, set by the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, are 200 international units (IU) a day for adults up to age 50, 400 IU for people aged 51-70, and 600 IU for people 71 and older. But some experts say much more is needed; the recommendations are under review, with an update expected in 2010.

Second Opinion
The new study lends support to a growing body of scientific and clinical data linking vitamin D with insulin and glucose, says Ruchi Mathur, MD, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, who reviewed the study for WebMD.

Other research has shown that supplementing with vitamin D and calcium slows the progression to type 2 diabetes, Mathur says. Even so, she tells WebMD, ''At present, a direct link between vitamin D and type 2 diabetes is not conclusively established."

She has another caveat. ''One important point that is missing ... is the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the general population" compared to those in the study. As vitamin D deficiency is being noted with ''an alarming increase in frequency'' overall, she says, ''it may shed doubts on the authors' conclusions."

It's also possible, she says, that people with poor glycemic control have it because of a general unhealthy lifestyle, not just their low vitamin D status. They may engage in less outdoor exercise, for instance, or have unhealthy eating habits.

Because of the possible link, however, she agrees that screening for vitamin D deficiency in people with type 2 diabetes may be warranted.

This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.


16 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:08 pm


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Assalimu Alaikum Sister Zaharah, Im so happy with this new forum and the new changes, wow. I wanted to say this is such a great post and the information is easy to understand. This is a big disease in the USA and im sure abroad as well. Crying or Very sad May Allah protect us ALL from this, Insha Allah

17 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:42 pm


Wa Alaikum As salams sister ER Laughing
Im so happy you came here with us, you are a Great joy and it is a pleasure knowing you, Mashallah...
I aim to please Allah

18 Bitter Melon: Sweet Relief for Diabetics? on Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:45 pm



Bitter Melon

An international dietary study reports that a rare tropical fruit may provide an all-natural answer to helping maintain blood sugar levels and promote insulin production.

According to researchers at the Institute of Plant Breeding at the University of the Philippines, a fruit known as ampalaya – or bitter melon, to Americans – has been shown to help significantly lower blood sugar levels when combined with healthy diet.

Though rare, bitter melon can be found in some health-food stores nationwide and is also sold in supplement form as an extract. Researchers pointed to the fact that bitter melon contains nearly twice the potassium found in bananas as a possible source of its blood sugar-balancing benefits.

At least 32 active chemicals have been identified in Bitter Melon so far, beta-sitosterol-d-glucoside, citrulline, GABA, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. As for vitamins, Bitter Melon is chock full of them! Bitter Melons are rich in iron. They have twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contain Vitamins A, C, B1 to B3, Phosphorus and good dietary fiber

Excessively high doses of bitter melon juice can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Small children or anyone with hypoglycemia should not take bitter melon because this herb could theoretically trigger or worsen low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Furthermore, diabetics taking hypoglycemic drugs (such as chlorpropamide, glyburide, or phenformin) or insulin should use bitter melon only under medical supervision, as it may potentiate the effectiveness of the drugs and lead to severe hypoglycemia. Bitter Melon has also been found to have abortative properties; pregnant women should use consult a doctor before consuming it in excessive amounts.


19 Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd (Karela) on Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:21 pm



It has numerous vital vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper and Potassium. There are many health reasons why you should take this bitter vegetable seriously. Here are a few:

The bitter gourd is particularly used as a remedy for diabetes because of its hypoglycemic action. It contains insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and charantin, all of which act together to lower blood and urine sugar levels without increasing blood insulin levels. These compounds activate a protein called AMPK, which is well known for regulating fuel metabolism and enabling glucose uptake, processes which are impaired in diabetics. You can take the juice of 4-5 bitter gourds every morning on an empty stomach, add seeds in powdered form to food or prepare a decoction by boiling the pieces of this fruit in water. If you are taking medications to lower your blood sugar, adding bitter gourd might make your blood sugar drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar carefully.

Blood Purification:
It has blood-purifying properties. As a result, the juice is used in the treatment of blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to blood poisoning. Have it little by little on an empty stomach daily, in 4-6 months you will see enhancement in your state.
Piles: Fresh juice of bitter gourd is good for patients suffering from piles. Take a mixture of bitter melon juice and buttermilk every morning for about a month and you will see an improvement. A paste of the roots of bitter gourd plant can also be applied over piles to get a favorable result.

Good for stomach:
It contains cellulose which is a very good source of fiber thus preventing constipation. It also good digestive agent and helps in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices. This can be very helpful for people with dyspepsia. However, sometimes it may worsen heartburn and ulcers.

Aids weight loss:
It stimulates liver for secretion of bile juices that are very essential for metabolism of fats. Thus, if you want to have a perfect, slim figure, then bitter gourd can help you.

Eye care:
It has high amount of beta-carotene that helps alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.

Fresh juice of leaves of bitter gourd is also a useful medication in early stages of cholera.

Immune booster:
A glass of bitter gourd juice in the morning can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection. Researchers hypothesize that bitter melon is as an immunomodulator. One clinical trial found limited evidence that bitter melon might improve immune cell function in people with cancer.

Skin care:
Bitter gourd is also effective in treating skin diseases or skin infections, eczema and psoriasis. It also helps in keeping the skin free from blemishes and keeps the skin glowing. The blood purifying properties make sure that you don't get acne.

Laboratory tests suggest that compounds in bitter melon might be effective for treating HIV infection. In one preliminary clinical trial, an enema form of a bitter melon extract showed some benefits in people infected with HIV. However, more research is necessary before this could be recommended.

Read more: http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/health-benefits-of-bitter-gourd-karela-28906909#ixzz0zkHDcZk4


20 Diabetes - Staying safely hydrated on Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:49 pm


Diabetes - Staying safely hydrated

Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated and make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:

Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.

Take water breaks instead of coffee or tea breaks.

If you drink water from a bottle, thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often. Every time you drink, bacteria from your mouth contaminate water in the bottle. If you use a bottle repeatedly, make sure that the bottle is designed for reuse. To keep it clean, wash your container in hot, soapy water or run it through a dishwasher before refilling it.

Though uncommon, it's possible to drink too much water. Drinking excessive amounts can overwhelm your kidneys' ability to get rid of the water. This can lead to hyponatremia, a condition in which excess water intake dilutes the normal amount of sodium in the blood. People who are older, who have certain medical conditions such as congestive heart failure and cirrhosis, or who are taking certain diuretics are at higher risk of hyponatremia.


21 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:45 pm


Green Tea and Diabetes Study


By going right to the source of the problem which is the formation of blood glucose, you can learn how to regulate your sugar level.
Glucose is one of the building blocks of complex carbohydrates (known as starches) found in foods. The starch molecule is like a string of pearls, with each pearl representing a molecule of glucose.

Your body can't absorb the starch molecule as a whole -- it has to be broken apart. A special enzyme called amylase does just that, acting like a pair of scissors to cut each pearl loose from the string.

These single pearls are then able to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

More green tea and diabetes studies below...

One study found that feeding green tea to rats reduced both blood glucose and insulin levels, and that catechins were very effective starch and sucrose blockers in the digestive tracts of rats.

Similar results were observed in humans.

When 300 mg (about 3 cups) of green tea were given to subjects ten minutes before taking in 50 grams of starch, their glucose and insulin levels did not rise nearly as much as was expected.

Besides, because of green tea's starch-blocking effect, it may also help get rid of excess fat, the villain that can cause diabetes or make it much worse.



22 Cinnamon and Diabetes on Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:57 pm


There has been a lot of talk these days about cinnamon. According to some studies, cinnamon may improve blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. The results of a study from 2003 in Pakistan showed lower levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days with levels continuing to drop for 20 days after that.

The study was made up of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes who were divided into 6 groups of 10. Three groups received cinnamon in the form of capsules totaling 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day. The other three groups received placebo capsules. The capsules were taken three times a day, after meals. All three levels of cinnamon showed results, leading researchers to believe that as little as 1 gram a day of cinnamon may benefit people who have Type 2.



23 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:14 pm


Cinnamon and Diabetes
For years, people have touted cinnamon for its potential diabetes benefits. Does the aromatic cooking spice actually help people with diabetes?

It may not be time to toss your diabetes medicines just yet. Studies on the use of cinnamon for diabetes have been mixed. But most research does not support cinnamon for treating diabetes. The American Diabetes Association says cinnamon has no place in the treatment of diabetes.

Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes?
Cinnamon comes in two varieties -- Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the kind most Americans use for baking and cooking. It's also the variety most researchers have used when they've studied cinnamon and diabetes.

Some of this research has shown that cinnamon may lower blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. In people with type 2 diabetes, the sugar-lowering hormone insulin does not work as well. This leads to higher blood sugar levels.

In one study, volunteers ate from 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon. Researchers found that cinnamon reduced cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%.

In another study, volunteers ate cinnamon and rice pudding after a meal. These volunteers had reduced blood sugar levels.

In other studies cinnamon did not decrease blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

Is Cinnamon Safe for People With Diabetes?
Cinnamon appears to be safe in those with diabetes. People with liver damage should be careful because large amounts of cinnamon may increase liver problems in these people.

Cinnamon supplements are classified as a food, not a drug. Unlike medications, supplement makers don't have to prove their products are safe or effective. The FDA, however, can force a supplement from the market if it proves it's unsafe.

If you do plan on buying a cinnamon supplement, choose brands labeled with a quality seal. These include the NSF International, US Pharmacopeia, or Consumerlab seal. This helps assure that the supplement actually contains the ingredients stated on the label. It also helps guarantee that the product doesn't contain any contaminants or potentially harmful ingredients.

Does Cinnamon Interact With Other Herbs or Drugs?
Because cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels, exercise caution when combining it with other supplements that lower sugar levels, including:

alpha lipoic acid
bitter melon
devil's claw
horse chestnut
Siberian ginseng
The same holds true with diabetes medications. If you and your doctor decide cinnamon is right for you, pay close attention to your blood sugar levels. Let your doctor know if your blood sugar levels fall too low.

Taking cinnamon with drugs that affect the liver may increase the risk of liver problems. If you take any medication, talk to your doctor before taking cinnamon.



24 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:27 pm


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Sister Thanks for all your hard work. May this help others and May Allah be Pleased.

25 Re: Diabetes for Dummies on Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:10 pm


May Allah Be Pleased. We welcome all the info we can use as it may be a Great help to someone


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