There is a blood test called an HbA1c which is used to measure your average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3months. When it is raised it is because there is too much sugar in your system and as it has nowhere else to go, it starts to stick to your red blood cells and builds up in the blood.
A raised HbA1c is seen in pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is reversible.
The most important factor in reversing diabetes is through diet and nutrition.
However, there are other very simple things one can do to improve insulin resistance and lower an HbA1c.
Having vinegar before, with or after a meal can significantly dampen the insulin spike – cutting it by nearly half!
Using vinegar has also been shown to improve after-meal sugar spikes in people with Type 1 Diabetes by 20%.
A typical Mediterranean meal will often include a salad dressed in olive oil and vinegar – this alone has been shown to be enough to significantly reduce the insulin spike to the rest of the meal.
The science behind this is twofold:
- The vinegar slows the breakdown of starches into glucose (sugar)
- The vinegar tells our muscles to soak up glucose (sugar) as soon as it detects it in our blood stream.
Introducing just this one daily habit not only dampens your insulin spike, it also brings about modest weight loss. Give it a go. Any vinegar can be used, apart from balsamic vinegar which is sugary. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular for its taste. Drink one to two tablespoons in a large glass of water with a straw. Enjoy!
Wishing you all health and happiness!
Dr Maria Amasanti