Vinegar has been used as a folk medicine for such things as headaches and indigestion. Now several studies reinforce its benefit for weight management and blood sugar control. Researchers believe that it is the acetic acid in any type of vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, white or red wine) that produces this effect, interfering with enzymes involved in the digestion of carbohydrates and those that alter glucose metabolism (so that insulin does not spike).

One recent study found that mice fed a high-fat diet—and given acetic acid-developed up to 10% less body fat than those not given acetic acid. Another study found that having small amounts of vinegar at bedtime seemed to reduce waking blood glucose levels in people.

More studies need to be done on vinegar, but it does seem that people can benefit from sprinkling vinegar on salads...adding a teaspoon to marinades...and adding a few drops to mustard.

For blood sugar balance (for those with diabetes or on diabetes medication or weight loss, dilute one to two tablespoons (some people start with teaspoons) in an equal amount of water and drink it at the beginning of a meal.

Attention Women: Diabetes Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

When 34,744 adults were followed for an average of 7.2 years, women with diabetes were 26% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) than women without diabetes. No such association was found in men, but past research has shown an increased risk for heart disease in general in both men and women with diabetes.

If you have diabetes: Ask your doctor to closely monitor your cardiovascular health

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