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Diabetes: Some hot drinks with spices after meals may prevent blood sugar spikes, expert says

Diabetes is a serious and life-long disease in which blood sugar levels become too high. In people with type 1 diabetes, this happens when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, which controls blood sugar levels. In type 2 diabetics, this happens when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your cells don’t respond to insulin.

It is not yet known what causes type 1 diabetes.

However, type 2 diabetes is much more common and is often associated with being overweight or not being physically active, but can also be caused by genetics.

In both types of diabetes, patients should be aware of spikes in blood sugar levels.

This often happens temporarily after a meal.

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One expert recommended a way to reduce the impact of these spikes with a specific drink.

Registered dietitian Orly Kutner recommended cinnamon.

She explained, “It is a natural sweetener highly valued in many ancient civilizations.

“Cinnamon may help reduce post-meal blood glucose spikes and may also help improve insulin sensitivity, which is impaired in type 2 diabetics.

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“Try dissolving a cinnamon stick in boiling water and drinking it as a tea after a meal.”

What do the studies say?

Her advice was backed up by a study published in the International Journal of Food Science in 2019.

As part of the study, 41 healthy adults were divided into three groups and followed up for 40 days.

The first, second and third groups were given one gram per day, three g/day and six g/day of cinnamon, respectively.

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Blood sugar tests were done before and after eating cinnamon.

Intake of six grams of cinnamon per day was found to be the most “significant”.

The study states: “In particular, consumption of three to six grams of cinnamon has been found to have a positive effect on certain blood parameters in humans.

“Therefore, it is considered beneficial to raise awareness among people to consume cinnamon regularly.”

A separate study published in Diabetes Care in 2003 did a similar experiment.

Sixty people with type 2 diabetes were randomly divided into six groups.

Groups one, two, and three consumed one, three, or six grams of cinnamon per day, respectively, while groups four, five, and six received placebo capsules for 40 days.

It concludes: “The results of this study demonstrate that consumption of one, three, or six grams of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglycerides, LDL (“bad” cholesterol), and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes, and suggest that including cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

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