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Is cinnamon safe for people with diabetes?

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Unless you have liver damage, it should be OK for you to have it in food.

If you and your doctor decide it's okay for you to try cinnamon, pay close attention to your blood sugar levels. Tell your doctor if your levels fall too low.

Large amounts of cinnamon may make liver problems worse. Taking cinnamon with drugs that affect the liver may make liver problems more likely.

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)."

Natural Data Base: Natural Medicines: "Cassia Cinnamon."

American Diabetes Association: "Cinnamon Has No Benefit For People with Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking?"

Khan, A. Diabetes Care, December 2003.

Baker, W. Diabetes Care, January 2008.

Anderson, R. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, February 2008.

Hlebowicz, J. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2007.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)."

Natural Data Base: Natural Medicines: "Cassia Cinnamon."

American Diabetes Association: "Cinnamon Has No Benefit For People with Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking?"

Khan, A. Diabetes Care, December 2003.

Baker, W. Diabetes Care, January 2008.

Anderson, R. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, February 2008.

Hlebowicz, J. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2007.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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