"Natural" treatments for Diabetes Type II

By MamaSpook Latest Reply 2014-03-09 13:30:22 -0500
Started 2014-03-08 13:03:38 -0600

I started using organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar yesterday to see if it would help keep my glucose down. I have just recently (Feb 13) been put on insulin (Novolin 70/30) and after researching insulin and it's pro's and con's decided it was something I absolutely did not want to be using! I am using 2 Tbl of the vinegar 3 times a day in a glass of water with a little sweetener (never use aspartame, it is deadly!) like truvia or agave and it actually doesn't taste bad at all. I tried cinnamon but that didn't seem to help but the vinegar kept my numbers down enough that I did not even use the insulin at all yesterday and so far today I am getting the same results! Has anybody else tried "natural" remedies? What were they and did they work?

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MamaSpook 2014-03-09 13:30:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info Shawn. I too have researched the many beneficial uses of vinegar and prefer the natural path over pharmaceuticals any day. I do a lot of research on a lot of different subjects and that is why I am vegan and prefer not to take man made cures if I can avoid it. So far, and it is only 3 days now, I have not had to use the novolin 70/30 because my glucose levels are significantly lower than before.They used to be 200+ a lot of the time no matter how strict I was with my diet. With the vinegar 150 +/- is my high readings. I was taking only oral meds which I was not happy with but since I have stated using the vinegar at least I have not had to use the insulin. Agave is low glycemic and Stevia is a natural sweetener.that you can even grow yourself if you want to. Time will tell whether the vinegar sustains my BG or not.

tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:16:36 -0500 Report

I have not, but I am glad it is working. I do believe in some natural things that do help keep BG levels down.

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-03-09 09:11:04 -0500 Report

I went to Google Scholar to look up the effects vinegar on blood sugar. All my info comes from peer reviewed scientific literature. Several studies does show that it has a positive effect of blood sugar but not by much. Studies also show that it helps reduce the dawn phenomena a little. In the studies, those that took vinegar vs the control group, their blood sugar was only 4 to 6% better. That is close to the margin of error.

One concern that I have is the sweetener you mix with your water and vinegar. Truvia has 3 grams carbs for 3/4 teaspoon. Agave has 5 grams of carbs for 1 teaspoon. Just because there is no table sugar in it doesn't mean it has no sugar. There are many other forms of sugar. The benefit of vinegar is so small that it is negated by the sweetener you mix with your water. Vinegar is fine but leave out the sweetener. Also its effect is so small that it will not replace your insulin.

There is a lot of myths on aspartame. It is not deadly. There hasn't been a single case where a person has died from it. There isn't even a single case of aspartame being linked to headaches. Here is good info on aspartame http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4127. Of course you can vet this through peer review.

GabbyPA 2014-03-08 14:39:55 -0600 Report

I had tried vinegar, but not the unfiltered one. Perhaps that was my problem

MamaSpook 2014-03-09 03:35:23 -0500 Report

I did the same as well. I just bought regular apple cider vinegar from the local store and it didn't do anything. The vinegar I am using now is nothing like it. The "regular" vinegar was very hard to drink, this is actually not bad at all. The brand name is Bragg, you can find it online at the name brand website and even Amazon has it which is where I got mine from.

Glucerna 2014-03-08 15:28:05 -0600 Report

There has been some research on using vinegar to lower blood sugar levels, and it appears that it can be helpful for some people, but not for everyone. It sounds like you're eating a balanced diet and monitoring your blood sugar levels which is a big part of diabetes management. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-03-08 13:20:57 -0600 Report

Howdy Mamaspook
I am glad that the organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is working for you. It does not work for everyone. I was able to get off my NPH insulin injections 3 years ago when I started eating a low carb high protein meal plan. (but that would conflict with your veganism so I won't offer it)

One thing that I would caution you about is the acid in the vinegar will soften the enamel in your teeth, so you might wish to rinse your mouth out with water each time to stop the action of the acid upon the enamel of your teeth.

God's best upon you and yours

James Baker.

MamaSpook 2014-03-08 13:28:20 -0600 Report

for one I don't have teeth, the acid in the vinegar is 5% but I don't know what it is in the regular vinegar though. I also eat a high protein diet, much better protein than any meat eater could ever obtain and nobody had to die because of it. You are right though about too much acid and yes it would probably be a good precaution to rinse your mouth just in case although diluting it in a cup of water should help but I'm not sure.

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