Apple Cider Vinegar: How it relates to Diabetes?

Controlling, maintaining and getting rid of at least some of our health problems is a very real dream that we all are faced with. While some diseases are easier to control or get rid of, some are more persistent. Diabetes is one such disease which is a particularly stubborn kind of disease; but at the end of the day , the most effective way to prevent and manage diabetes is eating a balanced diet that includes healthy carbohydrates and enough healthy proteins and fats.

How carbohydrate increases blood sugar

It’s important to understand the impact of carbohydrates on your blood sugar, and limit intake of refined and processed carbohydrates, such as foods with added sugar. Instead, we should opt for healthy nutrient dense, fibrous carbohydrates, such as fruit and vegetables. Increasing physical activity can also have a positive impact on blood sugar management.

Experts have been expecting a rise in the number of type 2 diabetes by 50% in the next 25-30 years, hence the prevention of type 2 diabetes is an important objective. Recent large-scale trials like the Diabetes Prevention Program and STOP-NIDDM have demonstrated that the therapeutic agents which are used to improve insulin sensitivity, may also delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, an early report showed that vinegar attenuated the glucose and insulin responses to a sucrose or starch load.

According to scientists, apple cider vinegar has the potential to impact different types of diabetes in a variety of ways. Some research draws a connection between apple cider vinegar and reduced blood glucose. This leads some people to believe that apple cider vinegar could provide benefits for people with diabetes who need to manage their blood glucose levels.

Diet has a controlling influence on type 2 diabetes and is an essential consideration for people with type 1 diabetes. However, while apple cider vinegar is a low-risk addition to a diabetes diet, many studies on the vinegar are small and have reached mixed conclusions concerning its effects on blood sugar levels. Studies of apple cider vinegar’s impact on blood sugar levels tend to be small and have mixed results.

Most studies on apple cider vinegar have examined its potential to reduce blood sugar. A study which examined both its long and short-term effects and found that many results favored the groups using vinegar, although not by a significant margin. The study reports that apple cider vinegar caused a small, significant reduction in HbA1c results after 8-12 weeks. HbA1c levels reflect a person’s blood glucose levels over many weeks or months. On a short term basis, groups taking apple cider vinegar saw significant improvement in blood glucose levels 30 minutes after consuming the vinegar. However, the differences between the vinegar and control groups reduced after this time frame.

Another study suggested that apple cider vinegar may improve the way that the body absorbs blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity in the skeletal muscles. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which some researchers have claimed to have an effect on reducing obesity. Obesity is one of the main triggers of type 2 diabetes.

Apple Cider vinegar’s effects on people with type 2 diabetes are the subject of fewer specific studies. A particular study in this regard showed that 2 tablespoons(tbs) of vinegar could help reduce hyperglycemia, or high glucose levels, after meals.

Can apple cider vinegar lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes?

Let us cut right to the chase: apple cider vinegar has shown to reduce blood sugar levels slightly in people with type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes, but the results aren’t going to have a tremendous impact on your A1c from apple cider vinegar alone. In well managed type 2 diabetes, drinking apple cider vinegar before bed helps manage morning blood sugars. In a 2007 study from Arizona, patients with well-managed type 2 diabetes who did not take insulin drank 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 ounce of cheese every night. The study also included a placebo group of patients with well-managed type 2 diabetes, who drank water instead of apple cider vinegar.

In the placebo group of morning fasting blood sugar levels were 2% lower by the end of the study. In the apple cider vinegar group, morning fasting blood sugar levels were 4-6 % lower.

Apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity after high-carbohydrate meals. A 2004 study from Arizona gave patients 20 grams( about 1.5 tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar with high carbohydrate meals. Researchers concluded that consuming vinegar with high-starch meals lowered post-meal blood sugars by increasing a patient’s sensitivity to insulin.

People with type 2 diabetes may want to consider consuming diluted apple cider vinegar, as scientists believe it is safe to drink. It may also provide some benefit in terms of helping to control blood sugar levels. However, there is little scientific evidence to support its benefits. People should not consider apple cider vinegar or any other isolated dietary change to be a quick fix for diabetes.

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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