University of memphis

research study on diabetes

by Matt Butawan

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Metabolic abnormalities including prediabetes are becoming increasingly common.  In recent years, Memphis has had the unfortunate publicity of being labeled as one of the unhealthiest cities in the country.

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic around the country, but in pockets of the country like the Mid-South, the problem is magnified (Figure 2, below; CDC 2012).  With obesity and associated metabolic abnormalities escalating, visits to the doctor are becoming more and more frequent which in turn puts additional strain on healthcare providers who are frequently overworked.

Thanks to quality educational and prevention programs, the spread of diabetes and prediabetes have slowed but more work is needed.

In an attempt to help combat this epidemic, the dietary supplement industry is now marketing supplement and nutraceuticals with the proposed benefit of helping to control blood sugar.

Because of the lax regulations surrounding dietary supplements, consumers should be cautious when it comes to which products they shell out money for.  Many supplements do not undergo any form of research or testing before entering the market and products are not pulled off the shelves until they are demonstrated to have significant adverse events.

cinnamon extract

in reducing blood sugar

One such nutraceutical that could potentially aid in controlling blood sugar is cinnamon or a cinnamon extract.  Educated consumers should understand that not all cinnamon extracts are effective at reducing or controlling blood sugar.  In fact, only certain varieties of cinnamon have been shown to have this effect.  Even though supplement companies are not required to provide research, good ones still choose to do so.

For example, the University of Memphis is now recruiting non-smoking men and women for a research study to determine how a cinnamon extract and the amino acid glycine can impact blood sugar and insulin following the ingestion of a carbohydrate drink.

The study consists of three lab visits in which participants will be required to drink a sweet beverage and provide blood samples before and during the two hours post ingestion period. Each lab visit will take approximately 2.5 hours.

You will be compensated $150 for your time.

If you are interested in learning more and to determine if you qualify to participate, please contact Matt Butawan at


Note: This study is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical or health disorder.  It will simply serve to assess the efficacy of the supplement.

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