We know that cinnamon is a popular spice, especially during the Fall season, but did you know that it also has a significant health benefit?  A study in Diabetic Medicine revealed that cinnamon may be the key to improving blood glucose control. In fact, research shows that just half a teaspoon of the spice can decrease blood sugar levels as well as bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Experts believe that cinnamon has insulin-like effects. The spice also slows down the breakdown of food in the stomach after meals, in turn helping to prevent spikes in blood sugar levels after eating.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to live a healthier life, cinnamon is a great add-on to your diet. The spice can relieve congestion, improve digestive functions, and reduce muscle pain and stiffness. However, doctors note that to receive the full benefits of cinnamon, individuals must couple usage of the spice with a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Here’s a tip: consider sprinkling some cinnamon over apple slices or adding a dash to your Greek yogurt!

Want to learn more tips on living a healthier life? For those who want to avoid developing type 2 diabetes or want to learn how to better manage the disease, participating in a physician-supervised weight loss program, such as Medi-Weightloss®, is very important. Many people are diagnosed with the disease after years of poor nutrition and excessive weight gain. The Medi-Weightloss® Program is designed to educate patients on healthier eating and proper exercise while motivating and supporting them every step of the way.