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.
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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