In this day of higher medical costs, patients often seek alternatives to traditional treatments. This may be especially true among diabetics who suffer from a life ling condition that can build up in costs both to the body and the pocketbook. Organic apple cider vinegar is one such alternative treatment.
What is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar?
Unlike regular apple cider vinegar (ACV), organic ACV is not pasteurized but rather goes through a double fermentation process that results in multiple health benefits. The fermentation process results in various nutrients and enzymes that are particularly useful to diabetics.
What are the benefits related to ACV?
In studies of ACV and diabetes there have been some finding that show that ACV actually increases sensitivity to insulin within diabetic resulting in a person being able to use even the small amount of insulin the may manage to produce. Or that if their T2 diabetes is managed with medication a person may be able to reduce dependency on those medications.
Some doctors and medical scientists believe that ACV is just as effective as Metformin, a common T2 medication used to treat high blood sugar. This may help a diabetic reduce personal costs for medical treatment if in fact ACV is as effective as Metformin.
What are the risks with apple cider vinegar?
Granted, as will any medication or alternative treatment there are some risks involved. First, it should be used for a relatively short period of time due side effects such as sore throat and damage to tooth enamel. Also, long term use can result in lower potassium which can cause lower bone density.
For these reasons it is vital that a doctor be consulted before starting an ACV regimen. Even though it sounds innocent, there are some important factors you cannot be aware of without your doctors medical knowledge regarding how medication work together or sometimes negate the effect of one medication over another. More research is needed to ascertain whether ACV adversely affects insulin or diuretics.
Recommended dosage of ACV for diabetics
No dosage has been set upon yet, but doctors and patients do note that 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed results in better blood glucose numbers the following morning. You may want to start with 32 oz. glass water mixed with 1 tablespoon of ACV per day. If you feel alright and your doctor agrees with you, increase the dose to 2 tablespoons before bed. An alternative to drinking apple cider vinegar is taking 285 milligram tablet.
Diabetes is a manageable disease
There is no reason why you cannot live a happy and fulfilling life even after a scary diagnosis like Type-2 diabetes. You will have to change some eating habits, and develop better habits for both diet and exercise. You may have to take medications to help control your diabetes and you may have to learn a lot of medical jargon and self-care that you may wish you never had to learn. But you will be find once you understand your condition and take care of yourself wisely.