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Does vinegar help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes?

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Evidence suggests that vinegar can help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, states the American Diabetes Association. Acetic acid in vinegar inhibits several enzymes involved in digesting carbohydrates, including amylase, sucrase, maltase and lactase. Undigested carbohydrates can then pass through the system without affecting blood sugar levels.

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Does vinegar help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes?
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Vinegar has been shown to have an effect on fasting levels as well as post-meal glucose levels. Dr. Andrea White and Dr. Carol Johnson, authors of the study posted by the American Diabetes Association, asked patients with type 2 diabetes to consume 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each night before bed. They found that this reduced glucose concentrations in the morning. This cannot be explained by acetic acid's effect on digestion enzymes, and it is unclear why vinegar lowers fasting blood sugar levels.

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