Can cider vinegar help people with diabetes control their blood sugar?

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In a study, ingesting just 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high-carb meal helped improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Translation: vinegar seemed to help their bodies do a better job of escorting sugar out of the blood and into the body's cells, where it can be used for energy.

Studies suggest that cider vinegar might help lower blood glucose levels. The theory is that the acetic acid in vinegar inhibits the carbohydrate-digesting enzyme activity in the small intestine. These enzymes include amylase, sucrase, maltase, and lactase. As a result, when vinegar is present in the intestines, some sugars and starches temporarily pass through without being digested, so they have less of an impact on blood sugar. Researchers say that some people seem to have a far bigger response to vinegar than others do. Still, cider vinegar is an inexpensive ingredient found in all grocery stores -- no prescription required!

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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