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30 August 2007 @ 12:45 pm
Nice explanation of insulin resistance  

In addition to vinegar, which I've mentioned previously, cinnamon has shown great results in treating insulin resistance and even lowering triglycerides.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 30th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge believer in cinnamon. Every time I have any, I think of my mother in law - she's allergic.:(
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 30th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
My dad's mother had Type I diabetes; it's what killed her. She was a wonderful woman. My dad was diagnosed with the same thing ten years ago or so.

When we were doing my physical for Thomas back in the Winter, of course we knew I was "at risk", but we found out part of my problem losing weight is that when I eat, my body doesn't know how to process the insulin right after...

Yet another reason to get all this weight OFF...
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on August 30th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
What's a good amount of cinnamon to take to treat insulin resistance? With meals or between? And what about the vinegar? How/when/how much is taken for this purpose? What has worked for you? Thanks.
Tapatitapati on August 31st, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried cinnamon yet but read about a study where as low a dose as 1 gram a day improved insulin reception by cells, lowered triglycerides and helped people lose weight. Here is what they say:

Using Cinnamon

Some people prefer to use cinnamon as a supplement, and this is certainly a safe and effective way to incorporate cinnamon into your diet. Be sure you pick a quality supplement.

Others would rather get their ½ to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon a day using the spice in their foods. The cinnamon you can pick up off any grocery shelf comes from the bark of the evergreen cinnamon tree, and was probably grown in China. You’ll find it in stick or ground form at most markets and health food stores.

For patients who want to try cinnamon, there are many tasty and simple ways you can enjoy this aromatic spice.

* Steep your favorite herbal tea with a cinnamon stick adds flavor to the tea
* Add one-half teaspoon of cinnamon to unsweetened applesauce
* Add cinnamon to your breakfast cereal or oatmeal
* Sprinkle on toast
* Adding cinnamon to butter or cream cheese
* Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning cup of coffee, cocoa or cappuccino

Cinnamon also combines very favorably with many baked fruits like peaches and apples as well as fruit juices and ciders.

For more ideas, check out this wonderful selection of Cinnamon Recipes from About’s Homecooking Site.

To get the most out of the cinnamon you add to your recipes, make sure it is fresh. The best test is to open the jar in your kitchen and sniff. If the smell is strong and sweet your cinnamon is fresh. If the aroma is weak or non-existent, it’s time to throw it away and restock your spice rack. To keep cinnamon, seal the container tightly and store it away from the light. ---------------

Vinegar--the dose was 2 tbsp before each meal, usually combined with water and saccharin. Again, it's not something I've tried but has been shown by studies to help sugar metabolism and therefore help one prevent prediabetes from advancing to the real thing. They are trying to develop some kind of capsule. Apple cider vinegar was the one used. It's also suggested to simply have a vinegar dressing on a salad at the start of a meal.

I'm looking into these because metformin had some serious side effects.
Tapatitapati on August 31st, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
sorry, that's 1 gr cinnamon THREE times a day.