Hi, I have diabetes and I eat bitter melon to keep it down, I have seen and been told about cinnamon, so I tried and my blood sugar went through the roof, I waited for about 5 months and tried it again, but with the same result, so why is that? Also when I fast I still need to eat something small so I do oatmeal, but after everything is done by noon, I need to get something in me or I start to get sick, blood sugar gets too low, what a battle.
Although all the active ingredients in cinnamon have probably not been identified, cinnamon has consistently improved insulin sensitivity, which helps the insulin be more effective in lowering blood sugar levels. I assume that ‘blood sugar went through the roof’ means the blood sugar went up. Without actual levels, much of what I say is conjecture.
So how could cinnamon make the blood sugar go up instead of down?
1. Rarely, you could be allergic to cinnamon and the stress of the allergic reaction (as stress from anything) could raise your blood sugar levels.
2. The cinnamon may actually be dropping your blood sugar initially which causes a compensatory release of glucose from the liver to bring it up. Perhaps it could be overshooting and raising the blood sugar level, especially if you add your own carbohydrate to assist in the ‘hypoglycemic’ episode. The best thing to do to train your body to not have ‘hypoglycemic’ episodes is to eat less carbohydrates and more proteins and fats in order to lessen the glucose swings in the bloodstream.