A testing done to experiment the effects of cinnamon extract on the blood sugar levels of type 2 diabetic Chinese patients was published in the nutrition journal, Nutrition Research; in the results of this experiment, both low (120mg/d) and high (360mg/d) dosages of cinnamon extract supplements significantly lowered the blood glucose of the patients. From these results, it was concluded that cinnamon extract could possibly be an alternative medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. (Lu, et al., 2012). The article, in addition to being published in a scientific journal, has also been peer reviewed and approved. Being a report done by the researchers themselves, the article is a primary source and presents the procedure of the experiment in a very explanatory manner. Supporting the use of cinnamon as an alternative for diabetic treatment, a study done on obese and diabetic rats has also shown the positive results of cinnamon extract on diabetes (Cheng, et al., 2012). However, despite being widely supported, there is still speculation concerning the effects of cinnamon and it is suggested to be further researched before a definite conclusion is made (Akilen, et al., 2012). In conclusion, the article is a very reliable source and presents a very considerable possibility for an alternative method to treating diabetes.
2. Complementary alternative medicine use in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Erzurum, Turkey
In a survey published in the journal, Journal of Clinical Nursing, the parents of type 1 diabetic children in Erzurum, Turkey were given a questionnaire on whether or not contemporary meth...
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...on of forming cataracts – a visual side-effect of diabetes. Although being fairly informative, the article does not contain any cited sources for its referenced reports. Additionally, the article does not show any evidence of being written by a trustworthy source. However, studies have shown that certain dosages of ginger on rats with type 2 diabetes caused a higher insulin concentration, as well as an increased glucose tolerance(Islam & Choi, 2008), as the article, “Ginger and Diabetes”, stated. Ginger has also to have shown a reduction in fasting blood sugar in humans as well (Khandouzi, et al., 2015). Despite “Ginger and Diabetes” presenting many supported points, the article itself is a poor, secondary source without citations to any sources – it is written for public reading, rather than for professional use, and thus, should not be used in a scientific report.
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