Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
Did you miss the first posts in this series? Catch up before reading on!
Little Changes, Big Difference: Introduction
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part 1: Blood Sugar Trends
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part2: Food Composition and Insulin Timing
For me, the single factor that leads to most of my unexpected low blood sugars and those occasional high numbers is forgetting to account for my activity level. Insulin works so much more efficiently in an active body than when we're sedentary. In order to bolus accurately, you have to consider how active you'll be while that insulin is working.
Nearly every weekend our family takes one or two long walks around our neighborhood or Balboa Park. When I carefully plan my insulin bolus and food intake with a walk in mind, I can usually manage my blood sugar quite well. I'll usually plan to give myself less insulin for my breakfast, lunch, or snack (whichever occurs before our walk), and drop my basal rate for an hour prio...
For the past several weeks, I've implemented a system of working smarter, rather than harder, to maintain my blood sugars. After numerous instances of highs or lows brought on by improper insulin boluses, I figured the area that needed the most focus was boluses and interpreting my blood sugar results. I concluded that many of my erratic blood sugars could have been avoided if I'd taken a few moments to consider some basic variables that effect blood sugar before delivering a bolus. I jotted down a few reminders on a small Post-it note and kept in it my meter case. Then, whenever I tested my blood and determined a meal or correction bolus amount, I'd quickly run through the list and think about the current circumstances before acting. I've seen a significant improvement in my control; specifically I'm experiencing far fewer avoidable highs and lows. These small reminders make a big difference because they encourage me to weigh various factors that impact my blood sugar, so that...
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