Normal Blood Sugar
Vinegar and Diabetes
Vinegar recently came to our attention for its ability to promote a normal blood sugar level. This is of great interest to those with type 2 diabetes.
Vinegar appears to stop some digestive enzymes from breaking down
carbohydrates into sugar.
This would slow the absorption of sugar into
the blood and provide your body more time to process it. The result
would be blood sugar content closer to normal levels.
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Why are Normal Blood Sugar levels Important?
Research suggests that just a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day can help to improve insulin sensitivity after meals and even prevent spiking blood glucose levels in the early morning, also known as the “dawn phenomenon”. WebMD
By reducing the usual blood sugar jump after a meal you lower the
amount of insulin your body would need to release to deal with it.
blood sugar levels can help delay or in some cases even prevent many
complications such as blindness, impotence and amputation of
Also, because diabetics have an
increased risk for serious health issues such as heart disease,
controlling your blood sugar levels will lesson the chances of suffering
from some other very serious health condition.
The role of insulin is to help your body absorb glucose, or sugar
from the carbohydrates in food in order to use them for energy.
you have type2 diabetes the cells in your body will become resistant to
the effects of insulin. As a result sugar builds up in your blood at
the same time as your cells are starving for it. There will also be a
corresponding build up of insulin because your body will be attempting
to deliver the excess sugar to the cells.
Not a good situation! In fact, one of the biggest goals in diabetes treatment is to normalize blood sugar levels.
So What Will Vinegar do for You?
Well, now we are getting into a bit of a risky area.
Even though many studies support vinegar as a dietary aid, more research is definitely needed in this area. More importantly, at least from my perspective ....
I am not a doctor and I sure don’t have any experience treating Diabetes patients so I prefer not to get too deep into this kind of a discussion however ….
there is no reason to believe you are at any risk of diabetes I
recommend you still increase your dietary consumption of vinegar.
You may be surprised to experience other health benefits (Studies have
shown beneficial effects on control groups due to a reduction in insulin
levels as well as normal blood sugar readings)
- If you have not
been diagnosed but have a history of diabetes in your family, I strongly
recommend you try increasing your dietary intake of vinegar
you have been diagnosed or are pre-diabetic, it may be advisable to
discuss increasing your consumption of vinegar with your doctor or
dietician See Disclaimer for Details
Having said all that, there have been some very positive reports:
patients who drank a small amount of apple cider vinegar before bed
experienced improved blood glucose levels the next morning.
Diabetes Care - November 2007 issue
of apple cider vinegar prior to eating a high-carbohydrate meal has
shown an improvement in blood glucose levels compared with drinking
water prior to the meal
Diabetes Care - January 2004 issue
- Vinegar reduces postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes, according to a recent study
Renal and Urology News - April 1 2010 issue
course, the cautionary statement is always to the effect that more and
larger studies need to be done to understand the mechanism and
effectiveness of vinegar for normal blood sugar.
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