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Cinnamon and DiabetesóDisease Type Appears to Matter
Science News Online ^ | April 14, 2007 | Janet Raloff

Posted on 04/15/2007 12:53:48 PM PDT by neverdem

Cinnamon—it's not just for perking up the flavor of pies and applesauce anymore. A teaspoonful of the spice can have medicinal properties, at least for most people with diabetes, several trials have indicated. However, the latest study identifies one population that cinnamon doesn't seem to benefit: individuals suffering from what was once referred to as juvenile diabetes.

"Ours is just one study," cautions team leader Kevin M. Curtis of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. It was also a small study. Just 57 teens completed the 3-month trial. However, Curtis notes emphatically, "we saw no benefit" in blood sugar control. If anything, he says, there were hints that people who were not getting the cinnamon might have fared better than those who did.

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NOT SO HOT. Many teens with type 1 diabetes need help maintaining tight control of their blood sugar. Cinnamon isn't the answer, a new study finds, even though the spice appears to help moderate blood sugar in persons with type 2 diabetes.
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Insulin is a powerful hormone that the body needs to get energy—in the form of blood sugar, or glucose—into cells. Earlier studies tested cinnamon's potential to stabilize blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease in which the body makes ample insulin but cells don't respond adequately. Called insulin resistance, this condition typically occurs in people who are overweight and older than 40. However, with a rise in juvenile obesity in recent decades, a childhood epidemic of this type of diabetes is now under way.

Type 1 diabetes is a radically different disease. An autoimmune condition, it develops when the body mistakes insulin-secreting, or beta, cells for invaders and inappropriately attacks them. When enough beta cells die, the body can no longer make enough insulin to keep blood sugar in check. Its victims must regularly inject themselves with the hormone to survive.

The new 90-day study recruited adolescents 13 to 19 years old with type 1 disease and asked them to take a daily capsule that might contain cinnamon. Randomly assigned, half the volunteers got 1 gram of cinnamon a day, and the others instead received lactose, a complex sugar found in milk. All capsules looked the same and came packaged in identical pill bottles. During the trial, neither the teens nor the physicians administering the capsules learned who was consuming cinnamon.

Curtis' team selected adolescents for the study because their growth spurts and other body changes associated with puberty make tight control of blood sugar especially difficult. A lack of blood sugar control can result in serious complications, from heart disease to kidney failure, blindness, and even limb amputations.

The Dartmouth team looked primarily for changes in measures of hemoglobin A1C among the teens. A person's A1C reading indicates the proportion of red blood cells that have glucose stuck onto them. A high A1C reading indicates that the person's blood sugar has been too high for months. The researchers focused on this measurement, rather than periodic tests of blood sugar itself, because hemoglobin A1C "has clearly been the best predictor of complications in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics," Curtis told Science News Online.

At the end of the new study, teens taking both cinnamon and lactose had A1C values averaging roughly 8.75, according to a report in the April Diabetes Care.

By chance, the group assigned to receive lactose capsules for 3 months started the study with an average A1C value of 8.75. The teens getting the cinnamon capsules started the study with an average 8.4 A1C reading. Clearly, there was no advantage to getting the cinnamon treatment, Curtis says.

It's possible that the daily gram of cinnamon administered to the teens was too small to have a measurable effect in people with type 1 diabetes, the researchers say. On the other hand, the scientists note that this quantity was sufficient to improve glucose control in a 2003 study of people with type 2 disease (SN: 5/1/04, p. 282). More likely, Curtis' group concludes, is that "whatever effect cinnamon has on glucose uptake in type 2 diabetic subjects is not present in those with type 1 diabetes."


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References:

Altschuler, J.A. . . . and K.M. Curtis. 2007. The effect of cinnamon on A1C among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care 30(April):813-816. Abstract available at http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/30/4/813.

Khan, A. . . . and R.A. Anderson. 2003. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 26(December):3215-3218. Available at http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/26/12/3215.

Further Readings:

American Diabetes Association. What is diabetes? Available at http://www.diabetes.org/for-parents-and-kids/what-is-diabetes.jsp.

American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes complications. Available at http://www.diabetes.org/type-1-diabetes/complications.jsp.

Anderson, R.A., et al. 2004. Isolation and characterization of polyphenol type-A polymers from cinnamon with insulin-like biological activity. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 52(Jan. 14):65-70. Abstract available at http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/
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Anderson, R.A. 2003. Chromium and insulin resistance. Nutrition Research Reviews 16(December):267-275. Abstract available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/NRR200366.

Raloff, J. 2004; Coffee, spices, wine. Science News 165(May 1):282-284. Available at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040501/bob10.asp.

Sources:

American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Web site: http://www.diabetes.org

Kevin M. Curtis
Department of Emergency Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH 03756



http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20070414/food.asp

From Science NewsVol. 171, No. 15, April 14, 2007

Copyright (c) 2007 Science Service. All rights reserved.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cinnamon; diabetes; nutrition; supplements; vitamins
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1 posted on 04/15/2007 12:53:51 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Cool. I'll take two, then.

2 posted on 04/15/2007 12:56:34 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: neverdem
Looks like it’s breakfast at the Savoy tomorrow for some of their plate size cinnamon rolls.
3 posted on 04/15/2007 12:57:41 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: martin_fierro

TAKE TWO!

4 posted on 04/15/2007 12:59:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: neverdem

One more reason to have some cinnamon, my favorite spice anyway!


5 posted on 04/15/2007 1:01:23 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: neverdem

...learned who was consuming cinnamon.

’ been taking cinnamon for a while. It’s supposed to be good at keeping cholestrol low. You WILL have a cinnamon ‘after-taste’ occasionally.


6 posted on 04/15/2007 1:02:21 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Paisan
"You WILL have a cinnamon ‘after-taste’ occasionally."

You mean like the way peanut butter sandwichs and hot dogs do?

7 posted on 04/15/2007 1:05:32 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Kitten Festival

Coffee is great with some cinnamon in it.


8 posted on 04/15/2007 1:08:21 PM PDT by FairOpinion (Victory in Iraq. Stop Hillary. Stop the Dems. Work for Republican Victory in 2008.)
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To: neverdem

I’ve been putting cinnamon in my food for a while now, seems to have helped my blood sugar control. Wasn’t hard to do - I like cinnamon anyway. Cinnamon in coffee anyone?


9 posted on 04/15/2007 1:09:37 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The most dangerous place in the world is between Hillary and the Oval Office)
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To: neverdem

This “report” is from the same man that promotes rectal evacuation as the cure all for almost condition or disease process affecting humans. Check out the “network” site. One other snake oil sales pitch from the same old snake.


10 posted on 04/15/2007 1:10:51 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Cyman
This “report” is from the same man that promotes rectal evacuation as the cure all for almost condition or disease process affecting humans. Check out the “network” site. One other snake oil sales pitch from the same old snake.

May be so, but I'd heard it from some other sources as well. I asked my endocrinologist about it, and he said it may help - it doesn't hurt, so go ahead (just don't stop doing the other things).

11 posted on 04/15/2007 1:13:42 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The most dangerous place in the world is between Hillary and the Oval Office)
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To: neverdem

No matter what I did, I couldn’t get a morning/fasting sugar lower than 100mg/dl. Then I started taking plain cinnamon caps. My morning sugars are in the low-normal range now. It really WORKS for Type II. Of course, this doesn’t mean I can once again start eating all the junk I was stuffing into my piehole before...


12 posted on 04/15/2007 1:18:51 PM PDT by redhead (Fishing in Alaska is like fishing in Heaven...)
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To: neverdem

Hey thanks for this post.


13 posted on 04/15/2007 1:29:08 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: redhead

Where can one obtain the cinnamon caps? Sounds like it’s worth a try.


14 posted on 04/15/2007 1:31:48 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Just use cinnamon from the grocery store. Best tasting, easiest to dissolve stuff is called "Saigon Cinnamon". Whether or not you care for Vietnam, the cinnamon trees there are more brittle than those found elsewhere and when ground make smaller particles.
15 posted on 04/15/2007 1:40:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I bought mine at GNC. I do not remember the cost, but they sell them in bottles of 100-150 capsules.


16 posted on 04/15/2007 1:43:56 PM PDT by sleepwalker
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To: battlegearboat

“Looks like it’s breakfast at the Savoy tomorrow for some of their plate size cinnamon rolls.”

Which would be completely counterproductive. The value of the cinnamon is in shocking the beta cells of the pancreas back into producing insulin, a part of the homeostasis that is failing in the patient with Type 2 diabetes. Part of the body cells have become insulin-resistant, because of excessive conversion of glucose into fat stores, rather than energy. The body systems react to the excess insulin produced, by signaling to the beta cells, to produce less. Then when the body again gets a surge of blood glucose, there is not enough insulin to properly metabolize this surge of glucose, and the individual cells of the body CONTINUE to store the excess glucose as fat. It becomes a tightening spiral, and eventually, the beta cells produce less and less.

Diet and exercise go far to reverse this progressive failure, by forcing the entire body to go to fat-burn, once the blood glucose is taken to relatively low levels. There is the distinct possibility that the individual may then become hypo-glycemic (low blood sugar, less than 50 mg/dL), at which point, the patient is stumbling, weak, sweating profusely, and shows signs of going into shock.

Cinnamon rolls, by their very nature (sugary, white-flour relatively high-fat pastries) have a high glycemic index, that is, they put one helluva surge of glucose in the bloodstream within minutes of consumption. The person with Type 2 diabetes, with the sluggish insulin production from dysfunctional beta cells, may experience an increase of blood glucose up to hyper-glycemic levels (250+ mg/dL), at which point there may be a “sugar high”, giddiness, hyperactivity, and strangely enough, signs of shock. To the casual observer, this looks almost exactly like the kind of shock that accompanies hypo-glycemia. But the two different situations are treated quite differently.

For hypoglycemia, the patient is administered glucose tablets. For hyperglycemia, injectable insulin is the emergency treatment of choice. Administering the wrong one only accentuates the condition of shock, and have been known to lead to death.

The cinnamon is only effective if taken in the absence of high-glycemic carbohydrates. Put it in your artificially sweetened tea. (Apple cider has a very high ratio of sugar, and consequently, a relatively high glycemic number.)


17 posted on 04/15/2007 1:47:35 PM PDT by alloysteel (For those who cannot turn back time, there is always the option of re-writing history.)
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


18 posted on 04/15/2007 1:52:38 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: alloysteel

Thank you very much for this informative response. It is much appreciated.

Samantha


19 posted on 04/15/2007 1:56:53 PM PDT by SamiGirl
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To: alloysteel

Folks with Type II diabetes should never drink juice of any kind ~ NEVER NEVER NEVER.


20 posted on 04/15/2007 2:00:13 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Walmart, Sams, whatever. They are readily available locally, and online. Two minor things: 1. they might make your urine burn if you are taking too many. Just cut down and you will notice a difference. 2. THEY REALLY WORK. Check your sugar frequently to make sure it is not going too low. Cinnamon has no toxicity that I know of, but the blood-sugar effect is something to watch. I took two twice a day until my sugar got down into the lower range, then gradually eliminated one cap at a time. Now, one in the morning seems to do the trick.


21 posted on 04/15/2007 2:02:44 PM PDT by redhead (Fishing in Alaska is like fishing in Heaven...)
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To: muawiyah

“...never drink juice of any kind”

Amen to that. Unless you are in an emergency situation where you KNOW the problem is hypo-glycemia.

But don’t guess. Take a blood-glucose check first.

The same goes for most high-fructose soft drinks or sports drinks. Plain water is the most effective rehydration medium.


22 posted on 04/15/2007 2:07:43 PM PDT by alloysteel (For those who cannot turn back time, there is always the option of re-writing history.)
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To: redhead
Teaspoon full per day is enough to kick my count down 50 points.

More has no additional effect.

BTW, you have to build up a certain background level ~ this stuff takes a week or so to wear off such that you'd notice it, and a month before there is no more effect.

First time you use it, though, you may very well feel tingling all over your body.

23 posted on 04/15/2007 2:11:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Do you take it in capsule form?


24 posted on 04/15/2007 2:15:09 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3
I use ground cinnamon ~ straight from Penzy's (http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/results.html ).

We travel through Indianapolis, Indiana several times a year and pick it up.

They do mailorder sales as well.

I'm not advertising for them but simply identifying them as a very responsive supplier for Saigon Cinnamon.

25 posted on 04/15/2007 2:25:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Hey, we order from Penzy’s, but not the cinnamon. Acc to Wikipedia, the kind of cinnamon that works for diabetes type 2 is cinnamomum cassia. WalMart sells Rexall Cinnamon 500mg


26 posted on 04/15/2007 2:38:48 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: ncpatriot
There are 800 species of cinnamon. ALL of them produce the very same active ingredient. It is water soluble. That's why the characteristic of the ground cinnamon is very important ~ you will want to expose it as much as possible.

North American sassafras is ALSO in the cinnamon family. It produces some known carcinogenic chemicals. So do all cinnamon species, however, in far smaller concentrations. Since I use so much cinnamon I make sure I never include lipids (cream, e.g.) in my coffee or tea ~ just plain cinnamon.

Do not be misled by statements such as "true cinnamon" ~ that's simply an early (circa 6000 BC) marketing technique.

27 posted on 04/15/2007 2:42:54 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah; redhead
There's a permanent cure for diabetes, at least some varieties.

I became diabetic in the course of prednisone treatment for sarcoid. Some time after I started the Marshall Protocol to cure the sarcoid, I was able to give way the glucose monitor and toss the metformin. Others have had diabetes as the primary diagnosis used the MP for a cure. www.marshallprotocol.com

Your mileage may vary, but I doubt it.

28 posted on 04/15/2007 2:45:40 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: slowhandluke
Since I don't use metaformin and depend on rigid diet control (plus cinnamon for stability), I suspect my method would still benefit you.

BTW, all of the "diseases/conditions" mentioned in the Marshall Protocol sites (there are many) are also regularly misdiagnosed Celiac condition. What you do to "cure" that genetic situation is give up wheat gluten.

29 posted on 04/15/2007 2:55:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cyman
Don't dismiss it so quickly. Cinnamon CLEARLY is a metabolic rate controller. In adults it has PROVEN results in several significant studies for cholesterol control; especially where adults have metabolic syndrome. It would not surprise me if it had the same type of benefit in teens.

Now as to a good colon flushing.......

30 posted on 04/15/2007 3:01:34 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (The road is long and the path is difficult, the reward is worth it.)
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To: muawiyah

Wikipedia, my source.
Thanks for update.
I learn so much on FR. Worth the donation, huh?


31 posted on 04/15/2007 3:07:18 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: neverdem
A teaspoonful of the spice can have medicinal properties, at least for most people with diabetes

cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants too.

32 posted on 04/15/2007 3:17:58 PM PDT by mjp (I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. I want limited government and lower taxes.)
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To: battlegearboat

You mean like the way peanut butter sandwichs and hot dogs do?

Precisely


33 posted on 04/15/2007 3:31:38 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: redhead

When, how often and how much are you taking? I take a bunch o’supplements and for some reason have just not been able to work cinnamon into the mix, even after buying a big jar of it. I’ve tried so many things that don’t work or don’t work consistently for me, that I hate to shove down another horse pill w/no real benefit.

Portion control and diet are still key, but every little bit helps. Since menopause I have had problems w/my a.m. bgs, tho the other readings seem to be manageable.


34 posted on 04/15/2007 3:36:27 PM PDT by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: radiohead

I haven’t yet taken the supplements. I’ve added cinnamon to my coffee (2-3 cups a day), and also add it to my morning cereal (best in oatmeal). Another good place is to add it to my fruit, especially apples.


35 posted on 04/15/2007 3:52:34 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The most dangerous place in the world is between Hillary and the Oval Office)
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To: All

I took cinnamon capsules I ordered from Puritan Pride for about 6 months to see if it would help with my blood sugar levels and it did nothing for me. Big waste of money.


36 posted on 04/15/2007 4:13:18 PM PDT by conservativegranny
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To: neverdem; austinmark; FreedomCalls; IslandJeff; JRochelle; MarMema; Txsleuth; Newtoidaho; ...
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Started taking Niacin and Cinnamon - haven't noticed much difference. One supplement I can definitely, anecdotally recommend for sufferers is Cranberry Juice Concentrate. Really flushes those kidneys out. Thanks for the article.

37 posted on 04/15/2007 4:16:10 PM PDT by IslandJeff (There will be Democrats in heaven, except they'll be too busy organizing the staff)
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To: conservativegranny
I took cinnamon capsules I ordered from Puritan Pride for about 6 months to see if it would help with my blood sugar levels and it did nothing for me. Big waste of money.

I was typically getting a blood sugar reading of 106. After taking cinnamon capsules for one month, my readings were around 96. My cholesterol results improved as well.

38 posted on 04/15/2007 4:17:01 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: IslandJeff

Thanks for the ping, Jeff.

Question: But what does the Cranberry Juice Concentrate do to your blood sugar readings?


39 posted on 04/15/2007 4:21:28 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: martin_fierro

Does this count?
40 posted on 04/15/2007 4:26:31 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: krunkygirl

CJC does nothing to my bg’s. With normal insulin and increased water consumption, however, I just vaguely feel a bit better. Urination is pleasant instead of fearful.

I take all my supplements with meals and shots, so it all just goes “into the mix”.


41 posted on 04/15/2007 4:28:26 PM PDT by IslandJeff (There will be Democrats in heaven, except they'll be too busy organizing the staff)
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To: redhead
No matter what I did, I couldn’t get a morning/fasting sugar lower than 100mg/dl. Then I started taking plain cinnamon caps. My morning sugars are in the low-normal range now. It really WORKS for Type II. Of course, this doesn’t mean I can once again start eating all the junk I was stuffing into my piehole before...

Oh, go ahead. I hear the freshly baked apple pie, with cinnamon, beckoning you: Over here redhead..... over here.... come on .....

42 posted on 04/15/2007 4:33:06 PM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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To: IslandJeff

Help me out, Jeff.

It is my son who has the diabetes, so I am not relating personally.

Did you have pain with urination?


43 posted on 04/15/2007 4:39:43 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: krunkygirl

No pain, but your urine composition is a fair indicator of bg control. When diagnosed, a very dangerous condition (ketoacidosis) is very well indicated by urine with an obnoxious, acetone-type odor.

As part of his assessment, your son’s doc will occasionally take urine samples (as well as blood A1C), to check on his kidney function. Small blood vessel damage can show up concurrently in the kidneys and eyes. In the urine, when the blood vessels aren’t optimal, protein can be passed, which is a very Red flag.


44 posted on 04/15/2007 4:46:38 PM PDT by IslandJeff (There will be Democrats in heaven, except they'll be too busy organizing the staff)
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To: COBOL2Java

My diabetic husband takes cinnamon faithfully. We don’t think it helps him. But he still takes it because of the strength of what we’ve read.


45 posted on 04/15/2007 4:48:42 PM PDT by twigs
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To: IslandJeff

Thanks...I was disappointed, of course that it won’t help my kaybugs.

BTW...I drink cranberry juice for my kidneys..and I don’t have diabetes..but I used to get bladder and kidney infections..

I don’t anymore.


46 posted on 04/15/2007 4:55:45 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

Before getting DM1, I used to just LOVE the stuff to drink.

If they would make a CJ without ANY sweetener, I’d drink it. Love bitter/sour stuff.

What I take is, obviously, in capsule form, so no high-fructose corn syrup (or stupid federal farm subsidies) for me!


47 posted on 04/15/2007 4:58:35 PM PDT by IslandJeff (There will be Democrats in heaven, except they'll be too busy organizing the staff)
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To: neverdem

Just saw cinammon , either powder or capsules, yesterday at COSTCO. Was in a hurry and didn’t stop but it caught my eye. It is with all of their vitamins, next to fish oil.


48 posted on 04/15/2007 5:00:04 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Madeline Albright ZaPeezda)
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To: redhead

My dad suposedly cured himself of diabetes by eliminating all forms of sugar, except fresh fruit, and he started running marathons. He was diabetes free for approx 20 years, then it came back and he’s been on insulin now for 10-15 years. I’m gonna tell him about the cinnamon thing. That would be really cool if he could go off insulin again.


49 posted on 04/15/2007 5:08:03 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: IslandJeff

Dang...yes, I hadn’t thought of that..I am still having to get used to thinking about things like that.

My granddaughter’s bs goes high so often that I am always having to test her ketones...I think she hates that more than testing her blood.


50 posted on 04/15/2007 5:11:32 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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