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Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetics

author image Frankie Smith
Frankie Smith brings over 12 years of experience in health care to her positions as a mental health clinician, policy analyst and director in Aboriginal health. Her writing experience has primarily been in the area of strategic planning and policy development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.
Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetics
Many believe the "mother" enzymes in apple cider vinegar will help control diabetes. Photo Credit sasimoto/iStock/Getty Images

Proponents of natural healing celebrate apple cider vinegar as a healthy supplement, and as a natural treatment for weight loss, gastrointestinal issues and healthy skin. If you have diabetes, you may be particularly interested in recent research published by E. Östman et al. in the 'European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in 2005. The article states that apple cider vinegar is able to lower glucose and insulin responses to carbohydrate-rich meals. Check with your physician before using apple cider vinegar if you have diabetes, as there may be harmful side effects or drug interactions.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a result of fermenting apples. The first step is fermenting to alcohol and then into acetic acid. Fermentation is made quicker using aeration. Pasteurizing processes remove bacteria. Vinegar is a folk remedy in use for centuries, with reports of Hippocrates using the remedy in the treatment of wounds. Vinegar is comprised of acetic acid, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polyphenolic compounds and nonvolatile organic acids, such as citric and malic acid.

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Lowering Blood Glucose

Several studies have now shown that acetic acid in vinegar lowers blood glucose levels. Carol S. Johnston, Ph.D., R.D. and Cindy A. Gaas, B.S. indicate in their 2006 article published in "Medscape General Medicine" that the antiglycemic properties of vinegar extend to individuals with marked insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes, making this a natural option in support of diabetic symptom management.

Lowering Body Fat and Triglycerides

A study completed by Tomoo Kondo, et al., published in the "Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry Journal," reports positive results regarding apple cider vinegar in the suppression of body fat accumulation in obese people in Japan. The study reports significantly lower body weight, body mass index, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels compared to those in a placebo group. Weight management is an essential component of management of blood glucose and insulin levels if you are living with diabetes.

Other Uses

Diabetics may reap the benefits of the other uses for apple cider vinegar unrelated to their diabetes symptoms. For example, you may find apple cider vinegar to be an effective treatment for acne when applied topically. Mix one-part vinegar with three-parts water and apply to the skin. Apple cider vinegar may also calm an upset stomach, aiding digestion.


Exercise caution when using apple cider vinegar as it may possibly interact with insulin. Always consult your physician prior to taking new supplements, especially as tablet forms do not necessarily provide consistency. In a study published in the "Journal of American Dietetic Association," J.J. Hill et al. reported significant variations in "tablet size, pH, component acid content, and label claims" among brands of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar may lead to decreased levels of potassium in the body.

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