Does a Spoonful -- or 2 -- of Vinegar Make the Sugar Go Down?

Desiree A. Lie, MD, MSEd


February 16, 2012

What Would You Recommend?

The clinician informed Mr. Castro that, although large randomized, controlled trials examining the potential role of vinegar in improving postprandial glucose and A1c levels in diabetics are still needed, preliminary studies suggest that he might see some small improvements in his postprandial and fasting glucose levels. His relatively good A1c control (< 7.0%) was noted, and he was informed that the positive changes in glucose seen with vinegar were mainly observed in patients with his level of control. A trial of 2 tablespoons of vinegar taken with high-glycemic-index meals 2- 3 times daily was suggested, and Mr. Castro was encouraged to continue to monitor his postprandial glucose and morning fasting glucose to determine whether the vinegar is indeed beneficial.


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