Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetes

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Diabetes mellitus or diabetes as it is referred to as is part of an association of metabolic diseases in which one has high blood glucose levels resulting from the body’s inability to produce insulin or cellular inability to respond to insulin production.

This high level of blood sugar represents known symptoms of frequent urination (polyuria), increased thirst, (polydipsia) and increased hunger (polyphagia). Essentially, three main types of diabetes exist;

Type 1: is usually the body not producing the necessary insulin thereby requiring the person to self-inject. (juvenile diabetes)
Type 2: is a condition associated with insulin resistance, which occurs when the cells do not utilize properly the insulin being produced and in some cases tie into complete insulin deficiency.

Gestational diabetes: a condition in which pregnant women who have never had diabetes before experience high blood sugar levels while pregnant. Gestational diabetes usually goes away post pregnancy.

There’s also something known as congenital diabetes which is a genetic predisposition to insulin non-secretion, cystic fibrosis-type diabetes and steroid diabetes induced by high levels of glucocorticoids including many types of monogenic diabetes. Since 1921, with the introduction of insulin, most diabetic conditions have been essentially treatable.

Type 2 is managed in conjunction with medications. It is said that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cannot be cured. But alternative treatment practitioners have in recent years challenged this assumption.

Instead of pancreas transplants for type 1 DM, and gastric bypass surgery for type 2 DM persons, lifestyle modification like exercising for weight loss, eating raw vegetables and fruits and herbal application may go a long way in reversing the condition. In a study in 2007, Type 2 diabetics were given 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime and noticed blood sugar levels were significantly reduced the following morning.

When rats were fed apple cider vinegar for 4 weeks, not only did their blood sugar level decrease, but so did their triglycerides levels too while their HDL (good cholesterol) increased. Many humans have taken 2 teaspoons to tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) 2 to 3 times a day for weeks at a time and reported impressive findings pertaining to high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, weight-loss, acne, candida and more.

Adding lemon, garlic, cayenne, sodium bicarbonate and any combination thereof have generated a fanbase that has grown exponentially over the years especially with the popularity of the world wide web. Diabetes without adequate treatment can cause serious complications so one needs to consult a physician before undertaking non traditional remedies.

Complications that are acute include hypoglycemia, nonketotic hyperosmolar coma and diabetic ketoacidosis. Long term complications can be serious and can bring about cardiovascualr disease, retinal damage and chronic renal failure. This is why a proper diagnosis and treatment is critical. Studies show that a healthy body weight and lifestyle play a pivotal role to getting on the right track. Since 2000, 171 million persons worldwide have been diagnosed with diabetes, of which type 2, being the most common, affects 90 to 95% of U.S. citizens.

Editor’s note: the picture above showing summer “Granny apples” is for visuals only and does not infer that ACV should be made from this as the sugar level is inadequate.

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