Many people who lose control of their weight eventually develop diabetes, but researchers are working on ways to combat the disease and help sufferers better manage the condition.

A recent study in Diabetic Medicine revealed that cinnamon may be the key to improving blood glucose control. 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, thus helping to prevent spikes in blood sugar levels after eating.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, cinnamon has many health benefits. 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.

For individuals who want to avoid developing diabetes or want to learn how to better manage the disease, participating in a physician-supervised weight loss program, such as Medi-Weightloss Clinics®, is important. Many people are diagnosed with the condition after years of poor nutrition and excessive weight gain. The Medi-Weightloss Clinics® Program is designed to educate patients on healthier eating and exercise choices and motivate and support them during their journey to achieving their weight loss and wellness goals.