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Cinnamon may prevent diabetes

A TEASPOON of cinnamon a day may help prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes 11, non-insulin dependent Diabetes the variant of the disease elderly people tend to suffer from, according to a report in the New Scientist

Type II Diabetes develops in old ape and world-wide Causes 100 million pre-mature deaths every -year. The condition causes fat and muscle cells to gradually lose their ability to respond to insulin, the Hormone which directs cells to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream. Glucose therefore builds up in the blood causing tiredness weight loss and blurred vision. In extreme cases, Diabetes can eventually lead to blindness, kidney damage and heart disease

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Unit in Maryland found that cinnamon rekindles the ability of Fat cells in Diabetes sufferers to respond to insulin and increases glucose removal 20-fold A They believe a substance found in cinnamon, Methylhydroxy Chalcone Polymer (MHCP) is responsible for the change.

Clinical trials using a cinnamon extract are to begin on humans within *the, next year, but nutritionist Richard Anderson said people with Type 11 Diabetes could help themselves s now

"'We, recommend people take a quarter to a full teaspoon a day of cinnamon, perhaps in orange juice, coffee or on oatmeal," he said.

 

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