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Lockyer M. Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on blood glucose and lipids. Practitioner 2013; 257 (1766):9-10

Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on blood glucose and lipids

05 Dec 2013Pais-up subscribers

A recent meta-analysis has shown that cinnamon can reduce blood glucose, total and LDL cholesterol, and increase HDL cholesterol in type 2 diabetes. The researchers had published a previous meta-analysis that was unable to show any benefit from cinnamon, but repeated the exercise because there have been several randomised controlled trials performed since the last review. Studies considered eligible for the meta-analysis were randomised controlled trials of patients with type 2 diabetes that evaluated the use of oral cinnamon supplementation in any dose or form, regardless of any additional intervention for diabetes. Trials had to have reported data on at least one of the following endpoints: HbA1c, fasting glucose, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.

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