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Just wondering

I just got started on metformin on sept 6, and i was reading that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar also, i was wondering can u take both or should i stick to metformin or just do the cinnamon pills
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If your doctor feels you need Metformin, the cinnamon alone won't lower your blood sugar. Some people have reported some success with adding cinnamon, so it can't hurt to try. What is important, though, is to make sure in addition to taking the Metformin, you lower your carb intake, lose weight if needed, and get regular exercise. Those things will help your blood sugar a lot more than cinnamon!
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As Zoelula stated, cinnamon alone is not sufficicient. You might also go to a health food store and purchase some Chromium GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor) capsules.  There is some evidence that the Chromium GTF will help during the early stages of diabetes.

Zoelula's suggestion to lose weight and exercise are right on the money.

Do not fear taking the Metformin.
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Metformin works when properly taken. You must, however, adhere to diabetes nutritional guidelines and exercise on a regular basis for it to do its job.

Personally speaking Metformin and cinnamon have no side effects when taken simultaneously. Does cinnamon help lower my glucose levels? Yes, in some ways it does. Will it work for you? Yes/no. Cinnamon works for some people and not for others...won't hurt to try but bear in mind you may not see any changes for 3-4 months down the road.

In the U.S., two types of cinnamon are sold in supermarkets and supplement stores, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum and Cinnamomum Cassia. Cinnamomum Cassia is the form that has been most widely used in scientific studies of cinnamon's medical efficacy. Choose wisely. Recommended dose is 2 grams with each meal.

Before taking any supplement talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist, or other healthcare provider about potential negative side effects.
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Metformin is good if your kidneys are healthy. Metformin only helps your body process insulin. Ask your doctor about switching to Janumet - combo with Metformin. Regarding Cinnamon - it is effective in regulating sugar for Mellilitus II diabetics. You can take it in conjunction with any medicine. IMHO - fresh or using the sticks in a tea are the most effective!
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