Apple Cider Vinegar for Type 2 Diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a pathological metabolic state that causes increased blood sugar levels above the normal. There different types of diabetes: Insulin dependent/type 1 diabetes, insulin independent diabetes/type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and secondary diabetes.

Insulin dependent as the name suggests, is dependent on insulin for its management. Unlike type 1, type 2 is not insulin dependent and can easily be managed through dietary regulation, exercise and medication.

Interestingly, preliminary studies show that Apple Cider Vinegar can be very effective in the management of type 2 diabetes.

Can Apple Cider Vinegar help manage Type 2 Diabetes?

This is the question that can easily be answered after enough studies and research have been done on how Apple Cider Vinegar helps in controlling the diabetes.

Preliminary studies have shown that taking an ounce of apple cider vinegar reduced greatly blood sugar after a meal. Normally, taking a high carbohydrate meal increases your blood sugar levels minutes after a meal. However, taking apple cider vinegar showed significant results in reducing postprandial blood sugar levels.

Yet still other studies have shown that consuming apple cider vinegar lowers greatly the fasting blood sugar levels. However, the mechanism of reducing the blood sugar level is yet to be understood.

These are definitely promising results, that if enough studies and research are to be done, then sometime in future, apple cider vinegar could be an approved medication for those with type two diabetes.

How does Apple Cider Vinegar control Type 2 Diabetes?

There is no enough data as to how Apple Cider Vinegar reduces blood glucose levels. A lot of studies and research are still being done to answer this question.

Nevertheless, there are hypotheses on how it exactly reduces blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics. Preliminary findings have it that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar may reduce the conversion of the complex carbohydrates in blood to glucose.

Others propose that the acetic acid may also increase the uptake of glucose by the body muscles to generate energy. Yet still others believe that acetic acid could be stimulating an increase in insulin secretion. All these will sum up to a decrease in blood glucose levels. Again these are but theories that are yet to be adequately researched on.

Can everyone take Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is natural and therefore can be said to be safe for everyone’s consumption.

However, it is important to note that Apple Cider Vinegar can be very dangerous to them with kidney problems. You are likely to develop kidney stones if you consumed it yet you have kidney problems. Those on other medications that risk developing hypoglycemia should also avoid taking apple cider vinegar.

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