Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cinnamon May Benefit Diabetics

A recent meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that cinnamon may have a positive effect on blood sugar control. The researchers found that fasting blood glucose levels were lower among those regularly consuming cinnamon. The doses of cinnamon ranged from 1 to 6 grams which is between 1/4 and 1.5 teaspoons per day for up to 4 months.

These results suggest that short term usage of cinnamon may lower the glycemic index in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

For more information on natural healthcare options for diabetes, contact your local naturopath.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Toronto, ON

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Soda Consumption and Risk of Stroke

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published the results of a prospective cohort study that show  increased consumption of both sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sodas are associated with an increased risk of stroke.  The researchers collected data from 84,085 women followed for 28 years (Nurses' Health Study) and 43,371 men followed for 22 years (Health Professionals Follow Up Study). More information is required to determine the reason for this association.

For more information on natural approaches to limit the risk for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, contact your local Naturopath.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND