Diabetics lower your blood glucose level with vinegar

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 6th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A few years ago, vinegar was discovered to help lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Diabetes in Canada

Diabetes is the sixth most common cause for death in Canada. The statistics vary from province to province. The rates for Diabetes in Canada is among the highest compared to other OECD (Convention on the Organization for Economic Co-operation) countries.

Treatment for diabetes is the third leading reason to see a doctor in Canada. Concerned Montrealers need to see their family doctor to see if they are diabetic or pre-diabetic. The doctor will refer them to highly trained Montreal diabetes specialists or endocrinologists for blood testing.

New research on the use of vinegar to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics

New research on the use of vinegar to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics

Carol Johnston, Nutrition Researcher at the University of Arizona, East, is studying the effects of vinegar on the blood glucose levels of diabetes. Just as little as one tablespoon of vinegar a day will do it but two are better. Dr. Johnston says that Hypocrites used vinegar as a form of medicine, so the properties of vinegar were known way back then. “Vinegar decreases both fasting and postprandial (after-meal) glucose levels”

In one study there were three groups who added vinegar to the daily diet: the control group, who did not suffer from diabetes, the pre-diabetic group, and the type 2 diabetes group. Each group was given vinegar to consume first thing in the morning. The results showed that blood glucose levels were lowered for the diabetes group that had taken the vinegar. Dr. Johnston says that the vinegar works the same way as two of the most prescribed drugs, metformin and acarbose, have on lowering diabetes.

One study showed taking two tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar and with an ounce of cheese lowered fasting blood sugar levels, Diabetes Care (November 2007).

This is truly exciting for diabetics such as myself. Anything natural is always better than having to take drugs. Please not think that I am t advocating to abandon drugs, Montrealers must follow the advise of their physicians.

A second study

Another study was done to see if vinegar would lower cholesterol. Unfortunately it did not, but what it did do was help people lose a few pounds. Since type 2 diabetes are mostly obese this serendipitous finding is a godsend in itself.

Vinegar has been used in diets before, but there was no empirical evidence to show that people actually lost weight because of the vinegar, now the research is in to confirm what has been known for many decades.

Vinegar contains acetic acid which gives the liquid its pungent taste, however, it also does more than that. Acetic acid has carbohydrate-digesting enzymes such as amylase, maltase, sucrase, and lactase. Therefore, when the intestines have vinegar in them, some of the sugars and starches are not digested and pass right though. This means they have less of a chance to enter into the blood stream.

Dr. Johnston recommends taking apple-cider vinegar and says that the results will differ among users. Earlier, Lund University’s (Sweden) Dr. Ostman discovered that consuming vinegar and bread, and not just bread alone decreased hunger, (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 2005).

Most Montrealers do not like the taste of this pungent liquid on an empty stomach. Taking straight vinegar can also cause heartburn, and burping; therefore, Dr. Johnston, recommends putting vinegar, on salads, making a vinaigrette for vegetables such as cauliflower, eating it with whole wheat breads and best still eating it with sour-dough bread which is also know to lower blood sugar levels. Vinegar can also be used as a meat tenderizer and a marinate for meats and vegetables.

Dr. Johnston is hoping to come out with a pill form to make vinegar more palatable and easier on the stomach.


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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
7th Aug 2015 (#)

apple cider vinegar is use for many different health problems and it is also used to help loss weight

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author avatar spirited
7th Aug 2015 (#)

yes, like a lot of other good things, taste is an off-putter.

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