Spice up your diet. Cinnamon can help mediate the severity of type-2 diabetes symptoms, according to a new study from Western University of Health Sciences.
Type-2 diabetics who regularly consumed between a quarter-teaspoon and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon lowered their blood sugar levels by an average of 25 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dL)—about half of the lowering effect of high-dose diabetes drugs.
Researchers suspect the commonly consumed seasoning stimulates the release of insulin, a hormone that acts as a doorway for glucose to enter the cells and produce energy. Without insulin, sugar remains in your blood, putting you at high risk for heart disease.
Even though the people in the study took supplements, other research shows that the stuff in your spice rack will do the trick, too. Try sprinkling some on your oatmeal or mix it in a shake for added flavour.