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OK, y’all. I wrote about this a year ago, but now I’m serious. If you want to control any type of diabetes better, consume vinegar before meals and at bedtime. Start today! It lowers post-meal and fasting glucose levels.

In a study from Arizona State University, subjects took a drink of 20 grams of apple cider vinegar, 40 grams of water, and 1 teaspoon of saccharine with each meal. (I think stevia might be better than saccharine.) Those with insulin resistance who drank the vinegar had 34% lower postprandial (after-meal) glucose compared to controls.

These postprandial benefits had been found before. It was thought that vinegar might slow the absorption of carbohydrate into the blood, or slow the breakdown of starches into sugars. This effect would mimic the effect of drugs like acarbose (brand name Precose).

But the 2004 study cited above reported that vinegar reduced postprandial glucose more in subjects who were highly insulin resistant. The authors say this result shows that vinegar increases insulin sensitivity, perhaps acting similarly to metformin.

Now studies have found that vinegar at bedtime reduces fasting blood glucose in the morning, indicating that vinegar might promote insulin production, like nateglinide (Starlix.)

Pretty amazing that a simple chemical like vinegar (acetic acid) could have the benefits of three different classes of diabetes drugs, and all for two cents a dose! It’s likely good for both Type 2 and Type 1, especially for lowering postprandial glucose. And postprandial glucose levels account for 30% to 70% of A1C values. Vinegar has got to be the most cost-effective medicine in history, but most people with diabetes still aren’t taking it.

And doctors aren’t prescribing it. Why not? Is it because there are no “vinegar reps” touring medical offices to promote their products, like drug companies do? Physicians need to wake up. Natural approaches can work, and doctors should make patients aware of them.

It’s the same reason the studies I’ve cited here are so small. Because vinegar is so cheap, there’s no profit motive to draw funding for larger studies. (Just a note for those who think the market solves health-care problems.)

How can vinegar be so powerful? I think it has to do with our ancestral diet. We used to eat carbohydrate in highly complex forms that took a long time to break down in the intestines. Some of that material may have converted to vinegar before being absorbed. Vinegar may be a signal to our bodies to produce insulin and not resist it. Today’s highly refined carbohydrates are absorbed long before they start breaking down. Our bodies don’t get the ancestral signals that carbohydrates are coming, so they’re not ready for them. Drinking a bit of vinegar might trigger the hormones and transmitters that are now missing the boat.

This theory might be nonsense, but the benefits of vinegar are proven reality. In response to my last vinegar article, nearly a dozen readers posted comments about how vinegar had helped them reduce their blood glucose and lose weight. There were no dissenting comments. Go back and read them here.

Readers mostly use apple cider vinegar, which has been touted for centuries for many health benefits. However, wine vinegar, rice vinegar, and white vinegar may be equally good. They just haven’t been studied. Balsamic vinegar apparently is not good; it’s too sugary.

The optimum vinegar dose hasn’t been established. Most reports have people taking 1–2 tablespoons before each meal containing carbohydrate, and at bedtime. It might be best to take vinegar with the first bite of the meal, to prevent the reported side effects of nausea and heartburn. But these should be rare at such low doses, anyway. You can also take vinegar tablets, which are cheap and widely available.

Here are some recipes readers sent:

Paul V: Half a glass of water with a tablespoon of cider vinegar
Kelly: Sliced cucumbers and cold vinegar in a bowl
Vicki: Two tablespoons of vinegar with one tablespoon of honey
Betty and Deb: Apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil (and optionally, mustard) as a salad dressing
Brecklundin: Apple cider vinegar in iced tea with lemon or lime and stevia
Juli: A glug of apple cider vinegar, a spoonful of honey, and the rest of the glass full of water
David: One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water, with a few drops of stevia

I can add that rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey makes a great Thai salad dressing.

So get on this, people! If you’re spending money on medicines to reduce postprandial glucose levels, you are missing a sure bet here. I’m betting many people with Type 2 will be able to get off some medicines or significantly reduce them. People with Type 1 might be able to lower insulin doses. All can probably achieve lower A1Cs. Please let us know how it goes. And speak to your doctor about it.

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  1. We should all try this before bed and report our FBS. Of course we would also need to report how different this is from our average fasting. Think I’ll try it tonight. One question: can we use any kind of vinegar, like balsamic, red wine, or white?

    Posted by Gail P |
  2. Go for it, Gail! As I said, wine, white, apple cider, or rice vinegar seem good, but balsamic probably isn’t.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  3. Are there any studies of Vinegar vs. Lemon Juice? Is this ANY simple acid, or do some of the benefits seem unique to vinegar? Are there cumulative effects to vinegar + cinnamon?

    Posted by Yisroel |
  4. Hmmm. Is there any reason to believe that the vinegar at the beginning of a meal cannot be part of the food of the meal? Because I am sure that we did not evolve drinking vinegar before eating. But there is the traditional practice from many parts of Europe of eating a salad with vinaigrette dressing before a meal; and many Middle and Eastern European countries traditionally begin a meal with soup, and lots of the old traditional recipes from these areas include some vinegar. Like many traditional practices, these may have hidden benefits that we are only now discovering.

    In my mother’s family (her parents were from Slovakia), soup was a necessity of life. If you had not eaten soup, you had not had supper. Most of the family soup recipes passed down to me have either vinegar or sauerkraut in them. To be authentic, the sauerkraut must be home made. (Yes, I make my own, and it’s easy.) And the highest praise you could give any food was “Not bad, it’s not too sweet.”

    Posted by Beth |
  5. Fantastic observation. Can’t wait to try it. Natural remedies? You bet they work. Thanks for the insight!

    Posted by Brian Grinonneau |
  6. what about the tablets that have the apple cider vinegar? does it have to be liquid?

    Posted by Donna Bennett |
  7. ???what about pickle juice? I have a hard time with liquid vinegar, but i like pickle juice! just one of those wierd things left over from childhood…

    Posted by Donna Bennett |
  8. Interesting questions from everyone. Beth, I’m sure including vinegar in food is as good as drinking it beforehand. Donna, I think the tablets are just as good as liquid vinegar. Pickle juice is largely vinegar, so it should be fine. Lemon juice has been anecdotally reported to lower postprandial sugars, perhaps by lowering the rate at which sugars are absorbed.

    If possible, please keep track of how whatever you try affects your blood glucose and report back to us.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  9. The active principal in vinegar is acetic acid. Even people who do not consume vinegar get acetic acid, mainly from bacteria in the large intestine. The fermentation of dietary fiber in the large intestine leads to a slow steady release of acetic acid into the blood stream between meals. Many of the health benefits of fiber are the result of acetic acid produced by friendly bacteria in our gut.

    Posted by Paul Ernsberger, Ph.D. |
  10. I am starting the vinegar shot today! I’ve done it before and not stayed with it but this time I’m serious! Thanks!

    Posted by Linda Bryan |
  11. Paul, naturally fermented cucumbers (pickles) and sauerkraut have lactic acid. Does this also affect the body like acetic acid? Or is it different?

    Posted by Beth |
  12. Can I safely begin doing the vinegar regimen while taking metformin twice a day (1,000mg each)?

    Posted by Neil Lemme |
  13. Interesting theory. As a juvenile diabetic school nurse and a diabetic myself, I’m always looking at all possibilities. I personally have gastroparesis and cider vinegar is an irritant.Will give it a try using rice vinegar.

    Posted by Dolores |
  14. Does it have to be stevia or woulld equal work as well? I’ve never tried stevia. Can someone tell me how they compare if you’re tried it and equal. I’m also going to try it. My doctor has me on insulin twice a day, but I get lumps at the injection site that are painful and stick around for a couple of days. Doctor can’t figure it out.

    Posted by Paul |
  15. I am a Medical Doctor in Family Practice, I have been in medical field for 47 years.
    I have had Type II Diabetes, for over 20 years. My diabetes is under excellent control and so far I have none of the late effects of Diabetes. I must now take the maximum dose of each of the different types of oral diabetic prescription medication. I also must supplement these medications with all of the safe, studied, and effective, non-prescription products, many of which are routinely mentioned in your articles at:
    In addition I must eat a well balanced diabetically correct diet and maintain my weight and exercise daily. I want to make a few comments how I chose the treatments I use for myself, and then recommend to my patients, family and friends.

    1: I have been taught and found very useful, the “scientific method” for evaluation and selection of treatments which are safe, studied, and effective. (in medicine safety is relative to the side effects of the disease you are treating, which often seems to be forgotten by many)

    2: The scientific method cannot be ignored just because, funding is not enough for non-prescription to be properly evaluated. I find many of the non-prescription products I use have been adequately evaluated by scientific method, if you factor in the very low risk potential of the treatment being studied.

    I must make a suggestion, your reasons that you state for non-prescription treatments not being adequately studied are very common and often repeated. Do not give in to them so easily, as you appear to be very knowledgeable and concerned about Diabetes. Many of the non-prescription treatments are studied as I have found with diligent searching of the scientifically based web resources. For the treatments that have not been, I recommend a possible solution. Have the, For Profit non-prescription treatment Industry (magazines, web sites, advertisers, manufactures, concerned consumers, growers, form a PAC and so forth), fund research into these products and encourage them to lobby for their funding to be tax deductible and their involvement legally advertised and promoted in the media and on their products. In other words the same way the pharmaceutical industry does. Don’t mention their profits in a rebuttal as my suggestion could be as relatively profitable in the long run and the cost of materials and research and the studies should be much less.

    Posted by Kim Israel |
  16. David,
    I was wondering…do you have to include the water and sweetener in this equation? I happen to really like vinegar, and I would just take the two tablespoons by themselves. Thanks for the info!

    Posted by Tammie |
  17. Some form of vineagar has usually been part of my eating plan, at least for my biggest meals. I do believe it’s helped — my usual PP sugars and A1c’s are pretty good.

    I’ve been on metformin for a number of years, and using it has caused no problems. But, no matter what med you might be on, I’d keep very close track of how adding vineagar might be affecting your blood sugars. Go a week or so checking pre-meal and 2-hr PP sugars before trying it, then start using it, keeping the same records. You might be able to cut back on your meds!!

    About pickle juice, I’d say that you might want to be careful. Some types have a lot of salt in them.

    Posted by Marcie |
  18. I’ve done the apple cider vinegar(organic from T. Joes) and water in a shot glass 1/2 and 1/2 and had noticed a definitive difference in my blood sugar levels, but I didn’t stick w/it like Linda Bryan. There’s something real easy abt doing a shot glass. Be very careful to not brush your teeth shortly after drinking your vinegar-its bad for your teeth…I usually wait at least 1/2 hour and drink water to help harden enamel. If anyone knows any better tips please advise…guess I should find a dentist to ask.

    Posted by evelyn hub |
  19. I can’t wait to try this. I think I will do just fine with. I will do it this evening with my meal.

    Posted by Barbara |
  20. Re: Sweeteners — you don’t need them — they’re just to help the vinegar go down. It certainly doesn’t have to be stevia — use whatever you want.

    Thanks to all for good suggestions.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  21. Apple Cider Vinegar and honey goes way back as a health promoting mixture as well as a healing one. Glad to see this with the sugar sub replacing the honey.

    Posted by Dot |
  22. I think caution should be advised…I tried the cider vinegar regime and got a terrible nose bleed that I couldn’t stop. In my entire life, I never had a nose bleed, except when I got hit in the face with a ball once. It scared the heck out of me. I stopped the vinegar and haven’t had a nose bleed since. Thins the blood so if you’re taking any meds for blood thinning or something like that, be careful.

    Posted by Holly |
  23. I was disagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January, 2004. I was unalbe to obtain a dietician’s appointment until July. Scared and not knowing what to do about diet, I read as much as I could and developed my own diet. I ate only fish and chicken (mainly fish), salads, fresh vegetables and made my own salad dressing. I mixed 1/2 cup of Flatseed oil with 3 cups of basalmic vinegar, added some garlic powder and onion powder and 2 packed of a diet sweetner. I shook it up each time I ate salad (twice a day). I even carried a little bottle of it with me when I ate out. In addition I also walked on the treadmill.
    All of my blood levels were extremely high, but after 4 months of this way of eating, most of the high levels were under 100! And I didn’t need any diabetic medicine. I lost 80 pounds without trying. I love the basalmic vinegar and flatseed oil dressing. It is great! Try it!

    Posted by Carolynn Mouat |
  24. Here’s a vinegar recipie.I remember coming home from school and the aroma of vinegar making my mouth water instantaniously. My father always liked making Adobo since he has Filipino heritage. You can use any meat. The vinegar has a way of breaking down the toughest of meats so we grew up eatting it with chicken, rabbit, goat or any animal they caught hunting. The simple dish is 1 part water with 1 part vinegar. I like 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar so it’s not too strong.(Enough to cover ypour meat) You can add whole peppercorns into the pot and a bay leaf if you have it. Sometimes he would use pickling spice in the pot too but it’s good either way. Then, just boil your meat slowly. It’ll be so tender. This might not be an authentic recipie. Maybe you can look up varietions.

    Posted by Teyanna |
  25. Hi, 30 years ago my sister lived in Switzerland and she told me that everyone she met took apple vinegar and water before every meal for weight loss. Maybe, they knew something the rest of us didn’t!

    Posted by Elaine W. |
  26. Wondering about any change that might happen if using other sweetners such as Spelnda. Is Stevia the only sweetner that has been tried?

    Posted by Alan |
  27. Thank you so very much for what you suggest. I
    have begun the Apple Cider Vinegar and Stevia and
    water just this moment. I have been a diabetic for
    the past five years since the death of my husband
    of 40 years. I am pleased to tell you I have been
    a watchful person of Dr. Oz and all the fine Doctors
    working with him. At the age I am of 83, I look and
    feel like a woman of 60. My blood work, I am told is
    as good or better than a 24 year old. God Bless you
    all for the encouragement given to me. PNN

    Posted by Pauline Nawroth |
  28. I’m a believer in Apple Cider Vinegar! The ancient saying, “An Apple a Day will Keep the Doctor Away” has a lot of truth in it. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is all natural. It is made from real Apples. I’ve used ACV in water with my meals for many years. I use ACV in soups, dry beans, cabbage slaw, deviled eggs, etc. I use on my feet, in my shoes, for stomach ache, reflux and the list goes on. I keep ACV in my kitchen, bathroom, travel, and at work. If you feel lousy, mix a strong ACV and water, then Chug-a-lug. If the taste is too bad, chase it with a spoonful of pure honey then go to bed. The next morning you will feel much better.

    Pickle juice has many additives, i.e., sugar, salt, spices, etc., and therefore it is not an all natural food like ACV (read the label). When using a vinegar other than ACV, consider how and what it is made of–usually has additive of some sort that is not good for humans. Usually over salted and over sugared and definitely not good for the human system. Bring on the ACV!

    Sincerely, Lavbro, The Vinegar Lady

    Posted by The Vinegar Lady |
  29. I had never heard of this remedy, but it seems like an easy thing to try and will…how hard can it be to swallow a couple of teaspoons of vinegar? I will try this beginning tonight. Thank you!

    Posted by Cate |
  30. I have a close friend who is not a diabetic but recommended taking honey and apple cider as a calming agent to help getting to sleep at night. I have been mixing Sue Bee Honey and Apple Cider vinegar (50/50) for years and notice a drastic improvement in the fasting glucose levels. For some reason I had stopped about a year ago and without giving it any thought couldn’t understand why my fasting levels had risen until NOW!!!!!!

    Thanks, for kick starting my memory.

    Posted by Bill J |
  31. Try sekajuban (spelling varies). It’s a wonderful Islamic drink that is extremely tasty and refreshing, replaces electrolytes, and calms nausea. Suggest you google for recipes. Great for the summer too.

    Posted by Cynthia L. |
  32. This remedy very much sounds like something I would like to try especially at this time. This article and all the comments I just read make me want to go try taking vinegar immediately to control my glucose count, however, I am wondering how vinegar would affect the teeth in the long run. I recently read that chewable Vitamin C tablets will eventually dissolve the teeth, so that leads me to wonder about the long-range effect of consumption of vinegar. After all, vinegar is acidic too. Does anyone (especially that doctor who, himself is diabetic) have any knowledge about this?

    Posted by Alicia S. |
  33. PLEASE BE AWARE As the vineagar may help in one area you must know it also helps in lowering blood presure and some one like me whose preasure is normal to low CANNOT drink vineagar every day. My blood preasure will drop and I will be fatigued. I carry average 117/72 and it will go to 90/60. Anyone with high or above normal can drink vineagar but anyone with normal to low can only drink it twice a week. Thank you

    Posted by Mari |
  34. This sound wonderful. I have type 2 diabetes (since 1993). My A1c is not good. I will try this and see if it makes a difference.

    Posted by Helen McCraw |
  35. Those who are trying vinegar for the first time (or trying it again), please track some blood glucose levels and let us know your results.

    Regarding dental concerns with vinegar — this is something to be aware of, it seems. If you’re drinking vinegar straight or with sweetener, you might want to swallow it without running it around your teeth — and in any event, rinse with a swallow of plain water afterward.

    Mari, thanks for your caution about low blood pressure. I think if anyone notices lightheadedness or weakness, they should cut down their dose. But I don’t think that would apply to very many people.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  36. To avoid the possible problem to teeth, try drinking with a straw. I read/heard that red wine stains teeth and they were told to use a straw.

    Posted by Betts |
  37. Can you refer some of the scientific studies that provide the evidence for these conclusions. I read the testimonials and want to try the vinegar. Think I may have in the past but not consistantly or posibly not long enough to see change. I am a very insulin resistant type 2 diabetic and end up taking more and more insulin.

    Posted by Deanie Schrader |
  38. If only things were so simple…

    Frankly, I believe that there are too many “if”s, “I think”s and unsupported assertions that are on the verge of being offered as fact.

    –OBSERVED EFFECT LESS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES SUBJECTS
    At the end of the second paragraph in your article it states: “Those with insulin resistance who drank the vinegar had 34% lower postprandial (after-meal) glucose compared to controls.”

    However, you do not point out that in the original ASU study article it indicates that the decrease was 19% among the 10 individuals with Tyepe 2 Diabetes that were included in the study. In addition, none of the Type 2 Diabetes individuals were using any medication –of ANY kind– for their diabetes. (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.full)

    –VINEGAR ALSO LED TO REDUCTION OF INSULIN
    The study also indicates that in measuring the levels of incremental insulin in the blood, compared to before the meal, it was found that in those individuals that had the vinegar drink, their level of insulin produced after the meal was also decreased. This was most pronounced at 30 minutes after the meal. At 60 minutes after the meal, the difference apparently due to drinking vinegar was much less and in some instances essentially no difference.

    Hmmmm, I have Type 2 Diabetes…if I drink vinegar I will have less insulin in my blood for part of the time after I eat. Less insulin? Is that what I really want to happen if my body is already having problems producing enough insulin to properly transport glucose into cells? That seems problematic to me.

    –ANCESTRAL DIET?…WINE BEFORE VINEGAR!
    Yeah, whatever. I do think it is indeed quite safe to say that your theory is nonsense.

    Besides, getting to the point where consumed carbs yield vinegar means that fermentation occurred, which yields alcohol before it can become vinegar. Maybe our ancestors ate so that they could get buzzed? Nah, don’t suspect that was happening either.

    –DANGEROUS BET!
    “I’m betting many people with Type 2 will be able to get off some medicines or significantly reduce them.”

    Whoa, hold on there! Remember, the Arizona State Study only included 10 individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. These people were different than the “insulin resistant” pre-diabetic participants in the study. AND, the all of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes were NOT using ANY medication for their diabetes!

    It’s quite a stretch from the observations, of a single non-definitive small sample study from 2004, of individuals with untreated Type 2 Diabetes to make a pronouncement that individuals being treated for Type 2 Diabetes might reduce their medication levels. The other side of that bet could just turn out to be the wiser choice.

    In any case, leading up to and supporting a statement like that borders on reckless! But hey, I’m just a person with Type 2 Diabetes…

    –VINEGAR, A DENTISTS BEST FRIEND?
    One caution that should responsibly be pointed out about drinking vinegar is that it can become hell on tooth enamel. Really an oversight in this article.

    I don’t usually take to the keyboard to comment on articles I read, but this one just could not be let pass since too many people may misconstrue the enthusiastic endorsement of vinegar as a presentation of fact. Even if everything stated were true, there is not sufficient supporting science to treat this as casually as has been.

    Buyer beware!

    JC

    Posted by J Castillo |
  39. Excellent point by J Castillo.

    The american proclivity to look for single all encompassing solutions like silver bullits, wooden crosses and garlic strings fighting Dracula and the bloodsuckers; the complex problems resulting from endoctrine system aging, degeneration and failure do not lend themselves to one solution fights all.

    Is is your liver, is it your pancrease and reduced release of insulin, bad diet, wrong volumes of wrong foods, bad genes, low hearty exercise and resulting insulin resistance, faulty endocrine organ signalling? What blend is wrecking your house?

    We all want miracles, and God knows; I am willing to believe but?

    Posted by jim snell |
  40. Some of J Castillo’s points are worth thinking about. Jenny Ruhl at Diabetes Update also wrote me to say she thought most of the benefits for postmeal glucose came from delayed gastric emptying, and so would have limited value.

    I’ll address all these concerns in July, after I’ve had time to do more research. If I presented vinegar as a “cure,” I apologize. It’s not. But I do believe it can be a big help for successful management of diabetes.

    Carol Johnston at Arizona State, who did the two most cited vinegar studies, wants to do larger, longer ones but hasn’t found financial backing yet.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  41. A good review of the literature on vinegar and glucose levels is available from Medscape:

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/531649_3

    There is a lot more than just the two Arizona State studies I cited.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  42. David:

    Thank you for keeping us advised on key and important issues.

    The issue of gastric emptying is very important. I have found it most important to rest after meal for at least 30 minutes to allow stomach and gastric emptying work properly so that stomach - pancreas signalling get meal bolus released fully.

    Racing around and serious activity immediatly after eating will rush the contents into intestine and cause fast glucose release/spiking.

    I have repeatedly watched that on cgms and now allow short rest to prevent that.

    Posted by jim snell |
  43. I am taking apple cider vinegar capsules… What dosage is recommended? I have 1500 mg capsules. That seems like a lot!

    Posted by Barbara |
  44. I have actually started eating dill pickles and a few spoons full of the pickle juice at meal time with a very noticeable improvement in my readings. Did it one evening before bed and woke up with a nice reading of 102. At least nice for me.

    Posted by john w. |
  45. Well, I haven’t thought that vinegar would help to reduce post meal blood sugar. Surely I would like to try, but my only reservation, would it elevate arthritis condition any worse or give rise to digestive disorder if taken over time.

    Posted by Izaaknor |
  46. Just now reading all the info and comments on this post. I am not on meds yet for diabetes but trying to control with diet and exercise. So I am very willing to try this and see what it does. I’ll try to rinse my mouth well with water after using so I won’t damage my teeth. I had read of this before but was skeptical. I think vinegar is a very safe and simple thing to try. Hey, I’m willing to try it before I go on medications or insulin. I’ll keep a record of my BG’s and see what they do. Thank you for all the helpful info you find for us.

    Posted by Linda M. |
  47. For those who get heartburn easily, do you know if these properties of vinegar survive if it is mixed with a dash of baking soda to raise the pH?

    Posted by Avery |
  48. Regarding digestive issues and heartburn from vinegar: I don’t think taking vinegar with baking soda is a good idea, although I couldn’t find anything about it on the Web. Taking it with food would be best, like in a salad dressing. You could also try the vinegar capsules. Vinegar shouldn’t cause digestive problems for many people. As others have commented, it’s a major part of many cuisines.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  49. I love vinegar, Do you think it would be ok to put a little crushed red pepper in the vinegar if you like it on greens, dry beans and other kinds of vegetables.
    Also, still drink the water/vinegar mix before meals and at bedtime?

    Posted by Lillie |
  50. Have started this method just since first of month after my last blood work. I am diabetic but managing with diet/exercise - averages last three months of morning fasting readings were 128/125/123 - so far this month - my average is 117 for morning readings. I don’t consistently take other reading during the day, but when I have, they too have been much lower than pre vinegar method. My next A1C testing not to be done till Sept, so have a few months to really check the benefits. So far, I am thrilled!! I never want to take manufactured meds as I view them as ‘toxins’ to my system and will hold off till I can’t do more on other natural remidies and exercises. Hope this encourages others to give it a try- many benefits of apple cider vinegar - not only in human consumption.

    Posted by Sandra J Rittenhouse |
  51. apple cider is not a Philippine product but we have cane, saha (palm) suka (vinegar). I mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water and brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon. after taking it the first time in the evening, I woke up feeling light the next morning, unlike before.
    now since this is to be taken with meals, I slice pepino (cucmber) and dip into the mix, like salad. the results are good. no medical doctor has advised this. thank you for the info.

    Posted by Danny |
  52. In most of Filipino dish, vinegar or suka always form part of the diet. I’ve grown up using vinegar even in cooking rice just like japanese way of preparing their sushi, but never in my imagination that drinking vinegar is more beneficial especially for diabetics and it even helps losing weights. I’m not diabetic yet, but my brother has it before he died, my Mom has it too in her old age of 89th and my 2 sisters had it too. I was overwhelmed of the probability of having it if not careful with my food in take. Thanks for this simple and very affordable method. I will try this today and thanks for sharing this. may God bless you.

    Posted by Tetski |
  53. This day I will try the “vinagar” method and see if it will help with my sugar levels. I am recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes and I know I will have to continue ALL medications such as metformin and insulin until doctor otherwise advises and that’s cool but not only have I read that this vinegar thing might be helpful in managing my sugar here on this site but other medical sites because I’ve been doing some intensive research on what to eat, to drink, carbs, calories, etc. and vinegar definitely showed up in a “POSITIVE” light. I’m going for it and will come back and let you know what I found out. Thanks so much for the info.

    Posted by Cecelia |
  54. What about lemon and lime juice? Has any testing been done to prove that vinegar is better than they are? They have some of the same characteristics, and if they have the same effect, would give us more choices. I’d like to see that kind of test done . . . In the meantime, I’m adding vinegar. I guess pickle juice would be one I might be able to stomach. I loved it as a teen . .

    Posted by Key West Diabetic |
  55. Isn’t there a difference between white vineger and apple cider and don’t they use white vineger in pickles etc? I have always believed that white vineger was bad for you and only used it for cleaning.

    Posted by Nece |
  56. White vinegar is safe to drink, Nece. Probably others like apple cider or rice vinegar are better, though.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  57. David:

    I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about 6 months ago. It runs in my family.
    For at three generations my relatives and myself now are taking vinegar half an ounce 3 times daily. Some with artificial sweeteners and some with honey. We all have great success with this treatment.
    Of course the correct diabetic is important to follow as well.
    Yes, be careful with your teeth, don’t swish and swallow just down the hatch.

    Posted by Uli Landeck, RN |
  58. i am very excited in trying vinegar, will start on monday with one tablespoon every other day, positive thinking is also very good i feel people need that too, negative thinking makes you worry SO STOP THINK POSITIVE

    Posted by terry |
  59. I am 65 with type II diabetes. After returning from a cruise recently, my fasting glucose was 371. The first tablespoon of white vinegar reduced my glucose to 283. I continued for three days and my fasting glucose is currently 131 with medicine taken twice daily. I was so afraid for my health. Thank you for you article on vinegar.

    Posted by Doris |
  60. I tried the vinegar straight and my throat burned for the entire day. What gives? Any suggestions.

    Posted by Connie |
  61. Sorry, Connie. Some people can chug vinegar straight, but for most, it’s better to mix with food or in a salad dressing. On these comments, there are many other suggestions for how to take it.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  62. Thanks for all the info about vinegar. I started tonight because my blood glucose levels are usually 193 to 279. I never thought to try vinegar. I believe it will definately lower my levels. I am an advocate of natural cures. I will report back in a few days to reveal my results.

    Posted by Rochelle Hardison |
  63. I have read all the comments on using vinegar to lower sugar levels. I am impressed. I will begin tonight and report back. My pre-breakfast sugar levels are normally in the 240 range. I will let you know what they are tomorrow morning afer taking the vinegar tonic tonight.

    Posted by Alice Alexande |
  64. The effects of vinegar reduces glucose at bed time is proven to be true with myself. One night I tested my blood glucose 1 hour before I went to sleep and it was 215, I wanted to take my metformin 850mg but I opted for two shots of vinegar and water. I fell asleep at 11pm and awaken to use the bathroom at 2am. I checked my glucose level then and it was 101, I am a type 2 diabetic of 4 years. I will not completely come off of meds before having a medical consult but I will certainly continue to test my glucose and add vinegar to my diet. Hopefully, with consistent exercise and a proper food intake, I can control my type 2 diabetes without or with reduce medicine.

    Posted by Crystal Stewart |
  65. Thanks for your story, Crystal! I hope the other people above who promised to send in their own reports on vinegar go ahead and let us know.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  66. For me I would be carefull yanking the metformin.

    While desireable to get off meds, science/medicine has yet to explain why as body ages, diabetes appears to get worse as liver/pancreas/skeletal-fat cells age and the need for meds.

    In type 2 diabetes stages, the body glucose setpoint off set as exibited in pre diabetes seem to ammeanable to only carb control and hearty exercise. It is unclear as to wheather this will continue as the body and organ set ages.

    For me, as a old goat of 64+ and 30 years as type 2 diabetic; today once corrective action of metformin is done, energy balance of carbs control and daily hearty exercise is still critical to stopping the rot and maintaining good regulation.

    I was at point that my liver’s excess glucose release monkey shines easily over whelmed a 1200 calorie diet and 2 miles walking. Once met fix in, rot stopped and carbs control of 1200 calories a day and 2 miles walking absolutely critical to maintain good regulation.

    Posted by jim snell |
  67. I’m new to all of this, was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic a few months ago. There is a lot of confusing info out there, and I’m trying to figure out what’s best for me. I’m eating better, quit drinking, exercise 3-4 times a week and lost 15 lbs. My blood sugar levels are down but not enough.
    I don’t like taking drugs when a more natural remedy is a possibility, so I will try the vinegar. I have the most trouble with my FBS so I will head to the store and get some pickles, which I like, and try those as a bedtime snack. It certainly is an easy thing to try. I can make my own salad dressing with the vinegar and have that with dinner. I’ll be really interested to see if this helps.

    Thanks everybody.

    Posted by Allison |
  68. I am drinking 2 capfuls of raw, organic apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water 3x a day and have been since November. This started as a final attempt to control knee joint pain from osteoarthritis. The results/benefits are undeniable. The first week I started, I noticed was how well I was sleeping and how my energy levels increased throughout the day; I wasn’t tired anymore. Then, by the second week, I noticed that my sinuses had cleared up and remain clear; no colds either. By the 3rd week, my appetite was supressed, my mood swings from whacky blood sugar levels were gone and finally, NO JOINT PAIN. I have not taken an Alleve or any other type of pain medication since November. I’m a 47 yr old female who has been taking Apple Cidet Vinegar for 4 months and feel better now than I have in years. No drugs for me. Just vinegar!

    Posted by Christine |
  69. Thanks, Christine! Glad it’s working so well. Please keep sending your vinegar stories!

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  70. My mother is Vietnamese, and my father is German. Growing up I ate more than my fair share of rice seaweed and vinegary soy-sauce for a daily snack. I was always thin, it didn’t matter what I ate (much of that is attributed to an adolescents metabolism but when I moved out and got a job at a fast food restaurant all that changed. Vinegar was no longer in my diet. I mostly had fried food, burgers, and ranch or creamy ceasar on my veggies. Over a course of 2 years I blew up like a balloon! A few years later, my diet has significantly changed but my size and shape has not. After having 3 month long missing cycles and finally missing my cycle for 6 months I went to the doctor. They told me, after a few blood tests, that I had PCOS and was Insulin Resistant and close to being pre-diabetic at 23 and 150 pounds. It goes like this, I developed Insulin Resistance which caused a hormone imbalance, which caused PCOS, which pushed the hormone imbalance (not enough estrogen and to much testosterone), which caused weight gain, which exacerbated the Insulin Resistance. I knew that diabetes ran in the family, but I found out later that IR and PCOS also ran in the family. Altering my diet to that of a Gluten Free person I started to see some health changes. No more bloating, acne is diminished, less fatty fingers and feet (swollen). My cycle is not back to normal by typical standards but it is more frequent than 6 months apart. Recently, I’ve had huge cravings for cucumbers and vinegar, and my old seaweed rice vingar soy-sauce snack. (heads up GF folks Soy Sauce has Gluten in it found that out the other day, Poo) So I decided to try it out. I googled my craving and read that Vinegar has all these benefits. I’m definitely going back to my old daily snacks + this cucumber goodness :). I’ve also read that Chromium helps too, so I might try that out. Thanks for the fabulous info!
    I hope my renewed love of vinegar brings back a semblance of my previous healthful regularity!

    Posted by Amanda |
  71. Also my doctor tried to get me to take metformin and/or BC to regulate hormones. I told them I’d think about it and get back to them later. I went home googled natural solutions. Found the Gluten Free diet (we go all out at my house) and told them I don’t want their pills. They never mentioned anything about vinegar or other homeopathic vitamins or solutions (like chromium supplements)But they sure were pushy on those prescriptions! Sheesh
    Due to the heavy ticket price I am hesitant to get another round of blood tests to confirm that what i’m doing is helping. So I’m just hoping and going off of how healthy I feel.

    Posted by Amanda |
  72. I have had gastric bypass surgery (which did NOT affect my insulin dependent Type II in any positive way at all) so I have only a bit of stomach. I fear this vinegar regiman will detsroy what little stomach I have left. Any suggestions?

    Posted by Pat Weiser |
  73. Last October 2011, I was diagnostic with Pre-Diabetes type 2, the first test came with 102, I”m no taking any medication my Dr. told me that I was so stressful and that is one of the cause that you can have Diabetes, I did not keep a diet but a couple of days ago I test my blood sugar and I had 124, this number scare me and I started a diet, I hear about the ACV for lower the blood pressure that I already have and also high cholesterol, but after reading your article I’ll start taking the ACV, long time ago I tried at night with dinner but gave me acidity, so I will try it during the day, I believe it will help, but still will be Ok even I’m not taking any Diabetes medication?
    Thank you.
    S.Carr

    Posted by S. Carr |
  74. S Carr, yes you could try this with or without diabetes medication. Take with food to protect your stomach.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  75. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT VINGER WOULD HELP AND WILL IT ALSO WORK FOR ALWAYS STAYING COLD I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE

    Posted by MISHCHEREL MAYE |
  76. ALSO WHAT ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT WILL IT HELP THAT TO WHAT ELSE WILL IT HELP CAN I AND HOW DO YOU TAKE IT AND WHAT WITH. I’M SO INTERESTED LIKE NOW.

    Posted by MISHCHEREL MAYE |
  77. Are you supposed to take 2 tablespoons of vinegar before EACH meal? e.g. Breakfast, lunch, dinner?

    Thanks

    Posted by Rosalinda |
  78. Apple cider vinegar has been recommended for weight loss many times. I’m not familiar with the science on it. I’m more concerned with reducing blood glucose, which it does. Do a search for vinegar weight loss and you’ll get a lot of info.

    Rosalinda, you don’t have to take two tablespoons of straight vinegar before meals. You can take it with meals or at bed time. I would take it anytime I’m having much carbohydrate. Probably best to take it with food or something to protect your stomach, unless you happen to be one of the people who like it. If two tablespoons seems too much, you could start with one tablespoon.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  79. i & my mother will start this vinegar medication. thanks for this article.it is of great help.

    Posted by rosie a. cabaobao |
  80. Hi David im a heart transplsnt recipient and im also type2 diabetic. My sugar levels are 220 to 300 plus;I want 2 lower my blood sugar levels and bring down my A1C.I was looking up online and seen your comments. Im on diabetic meds and heart transplant meds as well is 20 grams of ACV ok to take b4 every meal? I also want too lose weight im 260lbs because i was on steroids 4 a few yrs my goal is to get back @ my old weight 215lbs. How much ACV should I take to start?

    Posted by Ed Rodriguez |
  81. Hi Ed,

    Vinegar is OK with all diabetes meds I am aware of. I don’t know about “heart transplant meds” though. You might ask your pharmacist about that. Twenty grams of apple cider vinegar before meals and possibly at bedtime will likely help you with weight and glucose, but I can’t guarantee. 20 grams = 1 1/3 tablespoons. You might want to cut way down on sugars and flour and eat more green vegetables, too.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  82. I have not been able to get my BS below 200 for over a week. I was craving pickles. After eating a pickle and drinking 1/4 cup of pickle juice, my BS is at 170. After feeling better and thinking it was the juice, I went online to find the effects of vinegar on BS levels and I found this site. I have officially started the vinegar regimen tonight and will keep you informed of my results. I’m so excited to have found this! And all because of a craving. :))

    Pattie

    Posted by Pattie |
  83. Hello David
    Very informative article with full of boldness.
    As you suggested that two spoons of venigar should be taken before lunch and before bed, but my sugar is not high. Is it possible that I can reduce the amount of venigar?

    Posted by taurean |
  84. Vinegar dosing is not an exact science, Taurean. Read some of the comments above and decide what’s right for you.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  85. Most interesting. Article on web (Johnston)

    suggests that the vinegar causes some of the carbs to be bypassed out of system undigested.

    They suggest that the vinegar interfers with some of the carbohydrate enzymes causing some of cabs bypassed out.

    If that is true that would certainly account for an improvment in a system that trys to grab all carbs ingested.

    Posted by jim snell |
  86. Can I take vinegar along w/my BP and diabetes meds and ProArgine supplement?

    Posted by Perihan |
  87. For those taking the vinegar straight, it is best to sip it with a straw. Reason? Vinegar is very acidic and does havoc to your teeth.

    Posted by Joel Garcia |
  88. I read in above post about taking vinegar and baking soda together. As a preschool teacher this is what we mix together to create “volcanos”, if you put a little food coloring in the kids love how it bubbles up and looks red like a volcano.
    I am also going to try the vinegar, sans baking soda.

    Thanks Kathleen

    Posted by Kathleen |
  89. I suggest to those who take vinegar to use Braggs Oragnic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar from the Health Store or GNC. It is gluten free and contains no preservatives. It is not as harsh as cooking vinegar and I definitely would not take white vinegar!

    Website: http://www.bragg.com

    Marguerite

    Posted by Marguerite Watsoj |
  90. I tried this vinegar routine and I gotta tell ya, IT DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR ME! I sure wish it worked but it didn’t!

    Posted by Kathy |
  91. I mix 1T. of vinegar with 5 or 6T. of water and sip it through a straw. But it leaves my throat scratchy for about an hour. Am I causing any damage to my throat? Can I dilute it with more water? Will that help?

    Posted by LilMissDaisy |
  92. Daisy, I would dilute it more, or take it with some solid food, like as a salad dressing or on a small piece of bread. Probably our readers have other suggestions. If the irritation doesn’t go away, ask your doctor if you are hurting anything.

    Kathy, I’m sorry vinegar didn’t lower your blood sugars. Thank you for posting this, as we usually only hear the success stories. Nothing works for everyone, unfortunately.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  93. I am 75 and diagnosed with type 2 three years ago. I am not taking any meds and I have been attempting to manage my BSL’s by diet. Recently those levels began to elevate but the Dr. did not want me to take meds - at least not at this time. I then learned about ACV so I started taking 2 tablespoons in a glass of water after dinner….There can be no doubt this works (at least for fasting BSL’s) as I now have morning readings of less than 6 compared to 7+. There is a trade off though - as the ACV is a diuretic I now have an extra bathroom visit during the night! I also have found some increased neuropathy symptoms - feet, ankles - and I wonder if this could be a side effect? Incidentally I learned some time ago that red wine with dinner also seemed to stabilse my levels somewhat but white wine had the opposite effect.

    Posted by Saturna |
  94. I haven’t found any reference to vinegar increasing neuropathy. Most of the side effects are digestive problems or sometimes rashes, but no neuropathy. I would suggest taking the vinegar right before dinner instead of after — and maybe half a glass of water would be enough and wouldn’t get you up nights.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  95. Without even thinking or knowing of the benefits of pickles, I started having a couple of Kosher Dill slices as an evening snack.
    Fasting BS dropped from 154 to 110 OVERNIGHT!

    At first I didn’t know anything about what was happening. I then began keeping very exact record of when I ate pickle slices.
    Amazing is the only thing I need to say.
    Eating exactly the same sandwich at lunch was 30+ points lower after having one pickle slice than without.

    You read lots of garbage on the net but here is exactly what is printed on the label on my pickle slice jar based on per slice. Like anything, not a good idea to go over board with any food and there is sodium in pickles which might push up your blood pressure.

    Fat-0
    Carbs-1
    Calories-5
    Sodium-260

    Posted by Bob |
  96. how long typically untill i see any results? started 2T Braggs ACV before bedtime. 4 days now and no difference in fasting results first thing in the am. one day slightly higher.

    Posted by Bo Boyd |
  97. After struggling with high A1C results and waking to high glucose levels consistently (180 to 240), I began a vinegar regiment of 1 tablespoon of Braggs organic ACV with a high protein breakfast and another before bedtime with a light snack. I quickly saw results and a lowered awakening level of about 100-115. Inspired by the progress, I returned to the gym for aerobic workouts just 2X per week for 1 hour. I am continuing to take my prescribed meds, but now see levels below 100 pretty consistently all day (I test 3X a day). On one occasion I deliberately omitted meds for 24 hours and stayed about 116. My doctor and I continue to monitor my progress, but we have eliminated one prescription drug already. I have not changed eating habits and have lost 4 pounds over a two-week period. I am recommending ACV to a friend who is struggling with level control and I do so with the utmost confidence based on my experience - hope it works for him! Thanks for keeping us informed and thanks to all the contributing commentators. This is one of my favorite sites!!!

    Posted by Sef |
  98. My baby girl is 4 yrs old and seems to be diabetic…she also suffers from burning urine. Will vinegar have any side effects on her long term?

    Posted by cherise |
  99. Cherise,

    Is your daughter being followed by a doctor? What does the doctor say? Burning urine often indicates a bladder infection. She should be checked for that. Some have reported that vinegar helps bladder infections, but the evidence doesn’t seem very strong. I’m nervous about your statement “she seems to have diabetes.” What does that mean?

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  100. Have just started taking vinegar before meals but mixed cucumber, onions and tomatoes with it. What I noticed right away though is that it made me hungry faster than usual. is this normal? Wouldn’t want to end up eating more than I would need to because of it…

    Posted by Gina |
  101. Hi, everyone. This is a very interesting post which I am eager to follow…. Vinegar has not been a mainstay of my diet but I have tried it recently as my fasting blood sugar was 101, a few years ago, and it shocked me. I have always been more of a lemon juice fan (mixed with olive or flax oil over salads) but am eager to incorporate more vinegar into my diet to see the results.

    * I do have thalassemia minor and noticed that I became more exhausted taking vinegar (I may be overdoing it!). For those who are anemic, please note that vinegar (or wine, and, in actuality, may foods — such as those high in tannins) can destroy red blood cells. Normally, this is no problem, but for those who are anemic (and especially vegetarians), it will be important to be diligent about your therapies.

    ** Definitely rinse your mouth out (but no brushing) with a high intake of vinegar — or lemon juice for that matter. I also have become fond of an ayurvedic technique called “oil swishing” or “oil pulling” which helps remove acid from teeth. You can Google it; I don’t know about all of the miraculous cures claimed — but my teeth do look and feel cleaner.

    Grateful for this post, and for everyone who has commented thereupon!

    Posted by Carola |
  102. what would it hurt to try it’s all natural, my father has never believed in home remedies but he is diabetic and takes insulin 3 times a day and he startd a couple of weeks ago and his blood sugar levels have dropped sugnificantly.

    Posted by Darla |
  103. Hey David!

    This is Mishelle. I wrote in a number of months ago. My mom had passed from Diabetes (kidney failure) in June. I recently found an old RX of Metformin dated 7 yrs ago. 500mg 3x a day. That is what IM taking now!! Then Im thinking ” Am I gonna b dead in 7 yrs” lol Im like OMG.. I don’t think she was very good with taking care of herself..but thats another issue,

    I wanted to know if taking 4 Tblespoons of ACV is ok. Ive been taking 2 Tble of ACV n lemon juice for a few wks now but don’t notice any real drop in my BS. I take with a full glass of water. What is the best way to document this to see if the vinegar is working?

    Posted by mishelle |
  104. Hi Mishelle,

    Two tablespoons with meals or before meals, and at bedtime is enough. Nobody I could find advises taking more than that. Some say not to use a full glass of water, if you can tolerate half a glass. How often are you taking it? Of course, it doesn’t work for everyone, but I wouldn’t give up yet.

    To document results, I think you’ll have to check your blood glucose level two hours after meals and in the morning. Compare a vinegar day with a non-vinegar day, and keep food intake about the same. Please let us know how it goes.

    David

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  105. David,
    It looks like it works better with less water. I use a large shot glass. I just add like another part water with lemon juice and stevia. Its stronger but ok. I think the water just diluted it to much.
    thanks again. Will keep track of numbers and let you know.!!

    Posted by mishelle |
  106. That sounds good, Mishelle. Remember to protect your teeth by rinsing or using a straw.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  107. If you are a smoker nicotine has sugar. The best way to lower your sugar in a hurry drink to or three bottles of water back to back. Also drink water before meals and after. I refuse to take pills. Started the nutribullet feel great! Lost 60 pounds. NO ISSUES WITH GLUCOSE. Stay way from carbohydrates & refined sugar. Eat small meals 6 times day. Water is the key with veggie. 56 years fight sugar levels. No more !

    Posted by dana |
  108. I was hospitalized on December 18th for ketones in my urine and being pre DKA. Today my fasting reading was 137 after breakfast I was tested 3 hours later and it was 107. I had lunch and was tested 2 hours later my reading was 200.I then decided to check to see what could help me with my insulin rejection. I have spent about an hour reading this article and the comments. My husband will be bringing me vinegar to the hospital tonight so that try and get my levels down so that I can go home soon. Thank you for writing this article and for the positive comments that has given me hope of being home for Christmas. I will definantly let you know of my results to give other people the hope that I have after reading this.

    Posted by T Bryant |
  109. Just wanted to say that even though he had not seen any reports, my dad was big on the uses of vinegar. On his own, he decided to try its use on his diabetes. However, this is the way he tried it. He was suppose to test his blood sugar levels after each meal. If he tested it and it was high, he swallowed 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with a little water and tested again in about an hour. Each time he did this his blood sugar would drop into the normal range. He did this for years so when I saw a recent article announcing that the medical world had made the amazing discovery that vinegar could help control blood sugar levels I thought it pretty amusing. But it worked and it’s natural. It also helps with heartburn. My chiropractor advised me on that. When the vinegar gets in the stomach, the stomach realizes it doesn’t need any more acid and quits churning it out. Tried it myself several times and it helps! Love natural remedies!

    Posted by B Adams |
  110. I have spent the last hour reading all the comments
    But could not find any reference to type 1 diabetes
    considering I don’t naturally produce any insulin
    and I need to take an educated guess as to how much I need; the result is on average to high sugar levels, inject more insulin and I risk having a hypo.
    would the vinegar have any adverse effect on the meds I take for cholesterol and heart problems?

    Posted by sol. m.Main |
  111. Doesn’t apple cider vinegar lead to an increase in energy? If it does, there would be a problem in taking it at bedtime.
    Also, what does it really do for weight loss? Let’s say you consumed 2 tablespoons twice daily. Should it contribute to weight loss?

    Posted by mike |
  112. Sol, you could ask your pharmacist about the specific meds you take, and how vinegar might interact with them. Probably not a problem, but good to ask.

    A Greek study of vinegar for people with Type 1 found that vinegar sharply reduced after-meal glucose spikes: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/2/e27.full

    Mike, I can’t find any reference to vinegar at bedtime causing insomnia. As far as weight loss, a lot of people say it helps, but there doesn’t seem to be much scientific evidence for it.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  113. Using the apple cider vinegar with the “mother” is the one that works the best for lowing BG. It’s raw and unprocessed. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate or not so I’m not putting the brand that is most common. The sweetner is added to make it more palatable if someone can’t stomach the vinegar/water tonic. I can say this truly does work!! I just wish more people would give it a try…..

    Posted by Kelli |
  114. Hello,
    I have gestational diabetes and have read that acv may help with fasting numbers. Other sites have stated to have 1 oz of cheese with it. Any thoughts on this??

    Posted by Nicole |
  115. NIcole,

    I think the cheese recommendation is probably about protecting your stomach from getting upset. Cheese or some other food would be OK, from what I have read.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  116. I’m very glad I ran across this today!
    I am 52 and had been taking Actos+Met for years prior to Aug 2010. I started weight training in 2009 at 49yrs old, my added lean muscle + diet routines have allowed me to stay off these two since being taken off by my internist in Aug 2010…

    I ran across this article while searching for ways to increase my insulin sensitivity. In other words, I want to add back some carbs in meals around my weight training workouts.

    I will post back with my results/thoughts…
    I’ve had a very good health “transformation” story, I am looking to keep that going!

    Greg

    Posted by Greg Dasenbrock |
  117. I like vinegar and usually drinks this when I was a kid. I am type 2 diabetes now and on metformin.I also take crestor for my cholesterol/trig,amplodipine(norvasc) for my BP and propanolol for my migraine headaches. Will this be a problem taking ACV. I really want to be out or minimally taking all this metal tasting meds.

    Posted by Judy |
  118. Judy,

    The medicines you take do not appear on lists of drugs that interact with ACV. It should be safe for you. By the way, it is possible that insulin and ACV together can lower potassium levels, but probably only with large amounts of ACV.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  119. Taking vinegar before bed, should you also eat something

    Posted by Ercella Kelly |
  120. Taking vinegar before bed, should you eat something

    Posted by Ercella Kelly |
  121. just found this site about 3 a.m. ‘last night’ - have been trying to get readings down - 200+ in a.m. where it used to be around 130-150 - Dr. happy for me in 145-150 range. am BC survivor for 13 yrs now but had to have a bone marrow transplant also which left me with not much energy and neuropathy in feet and hands so even walking is not feaseable in keeping readings down - will do ACV and keep close watch - for those doing pickles, i would do dill but some don’t say but to do sweet pickles - the vinegar is there but loads of sugars.
    God bless and will be daily reader from now on!

    Posted by Marcie |
  122. I take several teaspoons of apple cider vinegar during the day after meals or before, and eat a dill pickle that also has been preserved in vinegar. Without the vinegar my morning meter shows 100 to 120 levels, and after meals readings peak around 130 and with vinegar decrease rapidly between meals to around 90 and morning readings range from 80 to 90. I also take cinnamon pills. I am also prediabetic, and work to stay that way, my first A1c was 7.7, and worked it down to 5.7, before using vinegar, just hope to remain PRE..

    Posted by Danny B |
  123. Type II diabetic for 7 years. My numbers were in the mid-200s. Started taking 2 tablespoons in the morning only 4-days ago and my numbers have dropped SIGNIFICANTLY. I was on 45 units of Lantus and 20 Units of Humalog 50/50 twice during the day. Stopping the Humalog entirely.

    Give it a try. I don’t own any Apple Cider Vinegar stock!

    Posted by Danny Litton |
  124. Hi everyone, this is a great discussion. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in September 2012. The numbers were sky high and i was terrified, but determined not to end up on drugs. Since then I have lost almost 50 lbs and my BS numbers are pretty great. here is what I have done… First I started seeing a nutritionist who proposed a low carb diet… I have cut out sugar, all processed foods, wheat, white rice and potatoes. I am on several very high quality supplements that are designed to help me balance glucose processing and deal with insulin resistance, yes they can be pricey, not as pricey as losing eyesight or a foot. Most of the time my blood sugar is between 90 and110. I do see higher numbers after meals… Not above 145, and during times of hormonal swings. I have noted that I do evidence the dawn effect though and so have seen numbers in around 130 some mornings. This freaks me out a bit so I did some research and learned about ACV. I have just started taking ACV in capsule form and will try to report back. I have to admit that over the last few months my walking exercise has been reduced due to WEATHER related reluctance… Spring is here time to get walking. Also interesting to note that since I have taken up yoga my blood sugar seems to be more balanced overall…. I think the reality here is that we have to be conscious and diligent about our health, for those of us that can avoid the use of drugs and have consistent positive results with food and natural “remedies”, yea for us. For those of us, that really need the meds, find a doctor that will work with you to help you find the best ways to regain your health….. You are not a number, you are an individual and there will be a way that works for you to find health. Believe that and clean out the pantry of all the stuff that isn’t really food … Life is GREAT…..

    Posted by Katherine |
  125. has anyone ever heard eating string would help my mom said this was cure my grandfather did in 1930 ????

    Posted by barbara |
  126. Hello everyone!! I’m a recently diagnosed type ll (only 2 weeks now) I’m on metformin 500mg 2x a day..I just started the ACV last night..I didn’t see a difference this morning..I’ve been having Fasting blood glucose usually between 130 to 140 it makes me nervous that it’s high..I’m willing to do anything to lower my testing numbers in the a.m. I’m dieting which I like to call “a new way of life” I’ve lost 11 lbs so far, I won’t give up on ACV all of the comments are so inspiring. I have a question , should I give the metformin time to work and still use the ACV 3 x a day lunch, dinner and bedtime? Or just at bedtime? I’m afraid I have the dawn phenomenon..that’s what worries me..any help would be appreciated. Thank You

    Posted by Tracey |
  127. Hi Tracey,

    First of all, relax. You have time to work this out. Give the ACV a week or so to work. It’s hard to say what the best schedule for you will be. You’ll have to monitor to find out if it helps. You might also ask your doc about a nighttime metformin dose.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  128. I am drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz cup of hot water (like you would for hot tea) and it is delicious :)

    Posted by Gale |
  129. I totally agree with this. I just found out 3 weeks ago that I have gestational diabetes… yes it’s not regular diabetes and it’s not out of control by any means but it’s still diabetes non the less. Also I’m pregnant so I want to take every measure I can to have a healthy baby. Everyday for the last 3 weeks (with the exception of one day having chicken for lunch) I have had a salad with bell peppers, cheese, ranch, and diced ham, with water to drink because I know I can count on it keeping my sugar low. Every day my blood sugar has been 80-90 before I started eating and ended up around 105-110 after one hour. Today I happened to have one large pickle wedge with my lunch because I had read on another website that vinegar will help reduce BG levels up to 50%. Before lunch my sugar was 90 and 78 after one hour. After 2 hours it was 72. Those of you who have severe diabetes I would at least give this a try!

    Posted by Whitney Grimes |
  130. I have type 2 diabetes and I want off all my meds. Right now I am on high blood pressure and Medformin. I would love to get off of these medications. I hate being dependent on medication. I am going to try this vinegar before meals and before bedtime and see if that will help me meet my goal. Medication seems so dangerous anymore, I am afraid to take it. Medication doesn’t seem safe at all. With all the class actions and warnings on commercials I can’t understand why people keep taking them. Anyway, thanks for the information I will buy some apple vinegar today.

    Posted by Jennifer Powers |
  131. i have taken red wine for 1year my blood sugar levels droped 30 percent.

    Posted by george rowe |
  132. Have started apple cider vineger (w/mother) but sugar has level has spiked every time.Afraid to keep using, any alternatives?

    Posted by Charles Rupert |
  133. Started your apple cider vineger regiment but found my sugar levels have spiked (big time) Have stopped using Any ideas on anythig else or should I keep goin??

    Posted by Charles Rupert |
  134. Hi Charles,

    You have an unusual case there — I can’t find any citations in the literature of people’s sugar going up after vinegar. But everyone is different.

    Did you change your food or medication when you started the vinegar? Like taking it with a bunch of sweet stuff? If not, I’d have to say vinegar is not for you. Sorry it didn’t work. Thanks for letting us know.

    We have written about other non-drug treatments on this Web site, including bitter melon tea and cinnamon. Perhaps one of those would work better.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  135. Earlier you mentioned that someone’s medications are not on the list of meds that interact with ACV. What meds interact with it?

    Posted by Andrea |
  136. I never heard organic apple cider vinegar mentionedit is the mother which is in the bottom of the bottle that you need to shake up that is so important to our health

    Posted by dan |
  137. Andrea,

    According to the e-med web site, vinegar can cause low potassium if used along with digoxin or some diuretics (”water pills”). There have been a few reports of potassium going low with vinegar and insulin together, but probably with doses much higher than a couple of teaspoons.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  138. I’m afraid you are wrong about vinegar! what about the negative effects of vinegar?. Vinegar destroys red blood cells, causing anemia, destroys enamel of your teeth, hardens food, which is bed for digestion, and is a toxic for the liver.
    There are other healthier methods to lower glucose levels and HbA1c, such as a low fat diet, especially animal fat.

    A. Castelo, MD

    Posted by A. Luis Castelo |
  139. Many have tried ACV and most of them have good results. Control of sugar totally depending on pancreas function. ACV might be helping reducing sugar but function of pancreas is not restored. I found MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution..Jim Humble) very effective. I have trated at list 50 persons with success. In addition I suggested Taro leaf (non fried). Taro leaf with besan, garlic, salt cook in a steam cooker. cut in slices. Do this at least three times in a week. This is famous in western part of India. The remdy was suggested by a 100 year old person , I tried along-with MMS drops. Drops were suggested on the basis of radionics reading (Dowsing). Anyway ACV is really interesting and worth trying instead of dangerous Matformins!

    Posted by Dr.Uday M (Editor Grahavedha) |
  140. This is Interesting for sure.
    My wife developed Type 2 over 10 years ago. Since that time, I/we discovered that a good dry red wine sipped along with a meal allowed my wife to eat a higher level of carbs than without the wine. A fact we also found is that approximately 1 ounce of dry red wine would drop her blood sugar about 30 points in-between meals if her sugar was too high. **CAUTION HERE - ANY MORE CAUSES A DOWNWARD SPIKE which can be as bad as an upward spike. ALSO these tests were just with my wife.** Other people will undoubtedly react to different degrees.
    Blood sugar spikes (up or down)are what damage the tiny blood vessels in back of the eye which leads to macular degeneration. So caution is always advised when trying any new food or food combination that affects blood sugar.
    I am not a doctor or involved in any type of research. Any “experimenting” my wife and I do are done cautiously after extensive reading.

    Posted by Dennis |
  141. I started drinking Almond Milk. will Drinking vinegar upset my stomach?

    Posted by Jennifer |
  142. I am a class two diabetic and was just a few lbs over weight. I seen the vinegar article on line and decided to try it. What a difference it made, I lose 8lbs in about a month and my sugar checks lowered dramatically. It was truly a god sent for me. My doctor at V.A. had never heard of this and ask what I was doing? I told her and I think she didn’t believe me. O well her loss.lol

    Posted by william ermel |
  143. Hi William,

    Please tell your doctor again and show her this article. It’s not just her loss; it’s her patients’ loss, too.

    Posted by David Spero RN |
  144. I am a pilot student and went for my FAA physical and fail. (A1C= 11.9). I have commited myself to lower that number in 1 month to <9.0. I have started taking 4 metformins, 10 buyetta X 2 day, no carbs (or as low as I can get), eating fish and meats (or salad) only (some beans occasionaly), and 1 time weekly high fiber 9 grain bread (1 slice). And now 34 X day 2 tbls apple cider vinegar.

    Wish me luck.

    I will keep you posted.

    Posted by Larry |
  145. I am a pilot student and went for my FAA physical and fail. (A1C= 11.9). I have commited myself to lower that number in 1 month to <9.0. I have started taking 4 metformins, 10 buyetta X 2 day, no carbs (or as low as I can get), eating fish and meats (or salad) only (some beans occasionally), and 1 time weekly high fiber 9 grain bread (1 slice). And now 4 X day 2 tbls apple cider vinegar.

    Wish me luck.

    I will keep you posted.

    Posted by Larry |
  146. Hi you all,
    I have been a type 2 diabetic for about 11 years and am over weight about 80 lbs. I take actos, Byetta, Lisinopril,Omeprazole, Tricor, Glipizide. I have been taught that upon rising in the morning, if my glucose level is 151 or more, no eating until it drops below 150. I take my meds at the same time I get my glucose reading no matter what the level is. Most times I have to wait 5-7 hours before level is below 150. Now I am starving and I over eat. Hungry symtomsnever go away and I will eat no matter what until bedtime (11-12 PM). I started some research on “foods that lower your blood sugar” and the one common link on a lot of sites is “Organic Raw Unfiltered Unpasturized Apple Cider Vinegar”. I bought a bottle of “Braggs” product based on the above description of the product. 2 teaspoons in 8 oz. of clean, filtered water. My blood sugar level has maintained from a low of 59(Fasting) to a high of 161 with 147 a constant upon rising in the morning. I am more aware that no sodas or orange juice etc. has to be the way I live. I realised standing with the refrigirator door open at 10:00 PM that I was NOT HUNGRY. With the results from the Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar,I am motivated to eat better which will help me lose weight. finally seem to be able to “Control” my blood sugar levels than to hope the “Crutch” I have been using (Meds) will do it for me. Self discipline is hard. I have had a “Tyent 7070 Water Ionizer” for about 3 years.The ionized water hydrates my Insulin Resistant tissues (actos is supposed to do the same thing).Felt a bit better but probably mostly from drinking more water. By the way, this is my day 6 with the Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and have even bought a bottlle for a friend with type 2 who is fighting the highs and lows and food cravings just like I WAS.Now exercise will be a please sure as it and starving myself will no longer be nessesary to maintain (and very Poorly I will add) a average level of 80-120. As I add more days of good levells, the average for the 3 month period for checking A1c levels will drop me into the 5.7 and lower numbers. I am 7.0 as of 2 weeks ago. I did the zone diet for a while, what an annoying way to live and eat, and was at A1C of 5.7 but rebeled as we all do with any diet - life style change attempt and can say never again with the diets. Smaller portions and more vegetables that “I LIKE”. Not gonna eat the ones I find discusting to the pallet or even to smell cooking (Brussle sprouts for one , Raw spinach is great, cooked spinach awful) and causes you get out of house quickly.Right Guys? Food is meant to make us happy and be social with others. Who gets angry with good food? anyway, I am pleased with my progress this week. Hope you find this informative and a bit entertaining.

    Posted by Barry Alexander |
  147. Hi,
    After reading this blog for Apple Cider Vinegar’s benefits i started using ACV religiously.I am a Type 2 diabetics and the readings in fasting is 125 and PP is 250.i was so much confident about the usage of ACV and its benefits.Couple of weeks before i purchased Bragg’s ACV with mother and started to use.Morning before breakfast 2 tea spoonful with glass of water.Likely in the evening 2 teaspoonful of ACV.Almost 2 weeks over now.But the Result is Big zero.My fasting BG is remains the same and the PP is also maintained in the same level.I am a strict follower of daily walk for 45 minutes.I am completely disappointed with the results after the usage of the ACV.

    -Mani.

    Posted by Mani |

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