Studies are verifying that cinnamon has an effect of 3-5% on resting blood sugar, which is equal to the amount of reduction of older forms of diabetes drugs. High resting blood sugar is what is referred to as "pre-diabetes," and is something anyone who has it should be aiming to alleviate, as the next step in the process if full blown type 2 diabetes. Another benefit of cinnamon is a statistically significant decrease in LDL (the so called "bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides, although studies have shown that how much improvement is dependent on each individual person.
Clearly you don't want to replace your diabetes drugs with cinnamon, but as part of your diet, cinnamon is a cheap, flavorful, and potentially beneficial addition to your overall regimen. Experts recommend using Ceylon cinnamon or even daily cinnamon capsules to help reduce resting blood sugar and improve your blood profile. You can purchase Ceylon cinnamon in most quality grocery stores and online. Go for the organic kind if money isn't an issue.
Tomorrow, I'll be sharing my power-food smoothie recipe that just happens to use cinnamon as a flavorful and beneficial ingredient, so be sure to check back them. Until then, keep your fat high, your protein moderate, and your carbs low. And start using some cinnamon!
Citation: Allen RW, Schwartzman E, Baker WL, Coleman CI, Phung OJ. Cinnamon use in type 2 diabetes: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(5):452-9.