What is Diabecinn® and when can it be used?
Diabecinn® cinnamon capsules are a nutritional supplement containing a special water-based cinnamon extract. It is particularly suitable for Type 2 Diabetes patients. Diabecinn® can help to keep blood sugar levels constant.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which there is too much glucose circulating in the blood. This can have two causes. In “type 1” diabetes, the body makes either no, or an insufficient amount of, insulin. In “type 2” diabetes, the body responds inadequately to insulin.
There are approximately 2 million people with diabetes in the UK. And there are an estimated one million people in the UK who have diabetes but don’t know it. Over three quarters of people who have diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.
Can Diabecinn® also be used if a person does not yet have diabetes?
Diabecinn® can also be used by people who do not have diabetes but have been warned about the possibility by their GP. The cinnamon capsules help maintain normal blood sugar levels using a natural method. It is, of course, still important to follow your doctor's advice regarding diet and exercise.
Can Diabecinn® be used in combination with normal medication?
No problem. Diabecinn® is a nutritional supplement that can easily be used in combination with your normal medication. The people who took part in a scientific study on this subject also continued to take their normal medication in combination with cinnamon during the study.
Can I reduce my intake of normal medication if I use Diabecinn®?
It is possible that you will be able to reduce your intake of normal medication once you have been using Diabecinn® for some time. However, we cannot guarantee this. You should always consult your doctor or dietician first, and have your blood sugar levels checked regularly.
Can Diabecinn also be used by patients with type 1 diabetes?
The scientific research carried out so far has concentrated mainly on the relationship between cinnamon and type 2 diabetes. There have, however, been positive results seen in patients with type 1 diabetes who had also been using cinnamon to reduce their blood sugar levels. There are some type 1 diabetics who have been able to reduce the amount of insulin they inject by using cinnamon. You can always discuss this with your doctor or dietician.
Do I run a high risk of experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Hypoglycaemia literally means "low blood sugar". In the event of a hypo, the blood sugar levels drops too far. Cinnamon normalises the blood sugar level, so the risk of experiencing a hypo is very small indeed.
Diabecinn® be used during pregnancy and when breastfeeding?
We do not recommend using Diabecinn® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is possible that some of the substances present in cinnamon can cause neurological defects in unborn children.
Can Diabecinn® be used in combination with anticoagulants (blood thinners)?
Diabecinn® may be used in combination with anticoagulants (blood thinners). However, cinnamon itself contains blood thinning properties. Consult your doctor first before using Diabecinn® in combination with anticoagulants.
Can I use Diabecinn® if I have high blood pressure?
You may still use Diabecinn® if you have high blood pressure. In fact, dietary advice provided by Artsennet (a medical professional interactive network of and for Dutch doctors) actually recommends using herbs and spices as a good alternative to salt.
How does the cinnamon in Diabecinn work?
This water-based cinnamon extract contains the substance MHCP. This substance helps to eliminate or reduce insulin resistance in the cells. In this way, the insulin function is improved and the glucose is absorbed better by the cells. This reduces the amount of glucose in the blood and helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also has a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol and fat levels.
What exactly does one Diabecinn® cinnamon capsule contain?
Diabecinn® cinnamon capsules contain a special water-based cinnamon extract. 1 capsule contains 112 mg cinnamon extract. 1 gram of cinnamon extract is equivalent to 10 - 12 grams cinnamon powder. Diabecinn® cinnamon capsules have a neutral taste. The capsules are vegi-caps. The capsules are also free of sugar, lactose and gluten.
How was the scientific study carried out?
60 test subjects were given 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon daily over a period of 40 days. All subjects were above 50 years of age and suffered from type 2 diabetes. Everyone who was given cinnamon showed a significant reduction in blood glucose levels after 40 days. These levels were 25% lower on average (the glucose had been absorbed better). There was also a significant improvement in blood cholesterol levels.
Conclusion: A daily dose of 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon reduces glucose and cholesterol levels in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
How much cinnamon does Diabecinn® contain and does this correspond with amounts used in the scientific study?
The study showed a reduction in blood sugar levels with a dose of 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day.
3 cinnamon capsules of Diabecinn contain 3 x 112 = 336 mg cinnamon extract which is equivalent to 3.7 grams of cinnamon powder a day.
Between 10 and 12 grams of cinnamon powder would be required in order to produce 1 gram of cinnamon extract.
What type of cinnamon extract does Diabecinn® contain?
Diabecinn® contains a special water-based cinnamon extract.
This reduces the risk of stomach irritation and improves absorption of the cinnamon extract. It also reduces the risk of allergic reactions occurring.
By how much will my blood sugar level be reduced by using Diabecinn®?
Scientific studies showed a significant reduction in blood sugar levels (18% to 29%) after 40 days. You may expect to notice a difference after three weeks.
The use of cinnamon also helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Will the use of Diabecinn® affect my weight?
Yes. Your blood sugar levels will drop if you take Diabecinn®. This provides the muscles with more glucose. The glucose is therefore not stored in the fat cells. This has a beneficial effect on body weight.
Why can't I use ordinary cinnamon?
We normally absorb very low doses of cinnamon through the food we eat. You would have to eat a lot of cinnamon powder in order to receive the same amount of cinnamon. 3 cinnamon capsules of Diabecinn contain 3 x 112 = 336 mg cinnamon extract which is equivalent to 3.7 grams of cinnamon powder.
How do you know that cinnamon really works?
A scientific study has been carried out involving 60 people, 30 male and 30 female, with type 2 diabetes. The selection criteria were as follows: Type 2 diabetes, over 40 years of age, not injecting insulin, not using medication other than diabetes medication, and blood sugar levels between 7.8 en 22.2 mmol/L. The average age was 52 years. Study participants followed their normal diet and took their medication as usual during this period. 30 subjects received a placebo. The other 30 were given 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon. The cinnamon was taken for 40 days with an extension period of 20 days. After 40 days, the blood sugar levels for all subjects using cinnamon had dropped by 18% to 29%. People taking 6 grams of cinnamon daily showed a significant drop in blood sugar levels after just 20 days.
Are there any known side-effects?
Cinnamon is a foodstuff that has been used for thousands of years. There are no known side-effects. It is, however, possible to be allergic to cinnamon.
The effect of cinnamon on the digestive system is as follows:
Cinnamon has been used for centuries to treat digestive problems and gastrointestinal disorders. Cinnamon is sometimes recommended to alleviate nausea, flatulence, bowel cramp and heartburn. Cinnamon is an important natural remedy in the treatment of diarrhoea.
Doesn't chromium also help to reduce blood sugar levels? How does it differ from cinnamon?
Cinnamon has a beneficial effect on a larger group of people. The possibility of chromium having a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels is much smaller. Chromium supplements are only effective if the blood sugar levels are high as a result of chromium deficiency. This is not the case with most people.
Can diabetes be prevented?
At present we do not know exactly how to prevent diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes. We can however reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Try to avoid becoming overweight.
- Limit your fat intake if you have diabetes. Choose low-fat or fat-free products.
- Eat brown bread instead of white.
- Eat plenty of fruit every day. Especially fruits that contain little sugar such as kiwis, mangos and plums.
- Cinnamon bark extract can have a beneficial effect on blood sugar, cholesterol and fat levels. Take three Diabecinn® cinnamon capsules daily as part of your diabetic diet plan.
- Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger meals.
- Make time to get some daily exercise.
Is it true that depression is sometimes associated with diabetes?
Scientific research and clinical experience has indeed shown that there is a relatively high incidence of mood changes, particularly depression, in people with diabetes. It is not known whether this is due to the illness itself, or due in a more general sense to a person being chronically ill.
Is diabetes a hereditary illness?
The illness is not exactly hereditary. However, some families do show a greater tendency towards diabetes. You therefore run a higher risk of developing diabetes if there is a history of diabetes in your family.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
At present, diabetes can be treated but not cured. However, research is continually being carried out in order to find a cure for diabetes.
As a diabetic, do I have to change my eating habits?
It is not necessary to eat sugar-free products. It is however very important that diabetics eat regularly and take enough exercise. Diabetics must adapt the amount of insulin they use to correspond with the amount of carbohydrates they eat. The blood sugar level rises after eating carbohydrates, and insulin is then required to ensure that the carbohydrates are absorbed by the cells.
Is there anything I should know about diabetes and pregnancy?
You may become pregnant if you have diabetes. It is important that your blood sugar level remains stable during pregnancy. It is essential that you receive good advice from your GP or specialist as the blood glucose levels are constantly changing under the influence of hormones during pregnancy.
Can stress affect blood sugar levels?
We have known for a long time that stress can greatly affect the regulation of blood sugar levels. Changes in blood sugar levels can occur as a direct result of the presence of stress hormones and/or due to the effects of stress on a person's behaviour. Type 2 Diabetes patients are particularly susceptible to increased blood sugar levels caused by stress. There is even evidence to suggest that stressful events can accelerate the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who are susceptible to developing Type 2 Diabetes.
How much sugar may be present in the blood?
Blood sugar levels in non-diabetics vary between 4 and 8 mmol/L (millimol per litre). Diabetics should try to keep their blood sugar levels around that of non-diabetics, in other words also between 4 and 8 mmol/L.
What kind of complications can develop?
Diabetics can experience damage to limbs and organs due to the fact that they are unable to keep their blood sugar levels under control. The risk of complications can be reduced by leading a healthy lifestyle. Some examples of complications:
- Kidney disorders.
- Eye disorders.
- Heart and circulatory diseases.
- Damage to nervous system.
- Foot problems.
- Sexual problems.