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(16.01.2008) Sometimes there are very simple remedies that can help to get a better grip on type 2 diabetes. Scientists from the USA have shown in a small study that the "consumption" of vinegar has a positive effect on the glucose level: If you are a type 2 diabetic who takes a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before going to bed, you may experience slightly lower blood sugar levels the next morning looking forward.


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Various studies have already come to the result in the past that vinegar in food can have a positive effect on excessive blood sugar levels. So far, however, one only had the effects on postprandial blood sugar - i.e. H. for glucose levels immediately after eating - examined. Scientists led by Carol S. Johnston from Arizona State University in Mesa, USA, have investigated the question of the influence of a small dose of vinegar before going to bed in a new study.

Four men and seven women between the ages of 40 and 72 took part in the small pilot study. All persons were type 2 diabetics who were taking different diabetes medications. The only exception: insulinized diabetics were excluded from the study. The men and women adhered to a precisely defined menu for several days. During this time, blood sugar levels were measured every morning around 7:00 a.m. After the third day, study participants consumed either one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or one tablespoon of water before bed for three nights in a row. The vinegar or the water were given together with a small piece of cheese (approx. 30 g with 8 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates and 1.5 g fat). Nothing changed about the previous diabetes medication. After a washout phase of another 3-5 days, the groups changed: Those who had previously taken vinegar now received water, and vice versa.

The result: The small vinegar and cheese meals before going to bed had a positive effect on blood sugar levels the next morning. On average, the glucose level measured around 7:00 a.m. was almost 5 mg / dl lower. If the vinegar was replaced by water, however, the blood sugar levels were reduced by only about 2.5 mg / dl the next morning. The differences between the "vinegar group" and the "water group" were statistically significant in this study. Type 2 diabetics benefited most with a glucose level above 130 mg / dl in the morning. Here, the additional vinegar intake before going to bed caused the morning blood sugar to be lowered by around six percent. In the case of diabetics with a fasting blood sugar below 130 mg / dl, the values ​​were “only” reduced by about 0.7 percent in comparison.

The conclusion of the scientists: In type 2 diabetics with high fasting blood sugar levels, vinegar may have a beneficial effect on the evening menu. A tablespoon before bed can help lower some morning blood sugar levels. However, further studies still have to clarify how sensible it is to "enjoy" vinegar on a regular and permanent basis.


Dr. med. Anja Lütke, freelancer at Diabetes-Deutschland.de, German Diabetes Center at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research

Source: White AM, Johnston CS. Vinegar ingestion at bedtime moderate waking glucose concentrations in adults with well-controlled type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2007; 30: 2814-5