Type 2 diabetes used to be known in the medical world as adult-onset diabetes. Basically, this condition affects the way the cells of your body utilize their main source of energy, sugar. When you have type 2 diabetes, it’s either:
- Your body does not produce enough insulin — a hormone secreted by the pancreas that regulates the movement of sugar from the blood to your cells.
- Your body is unresponsive to insulin, thus there’s increased levels of sugar in the blood as they cannot be utilized by the body’s cells.
There is really no cure for type 2 diabetes. However, it can be managed by watching carefully what you eat, having your regular dose of exercise and maintaining your ideal body weight. Also, there is this homemade drink that’s proven by so many people with the condition to be very good at regulating their blood sugar levels.
Aside from being effective in managing the condition, this drink is also said to be very good at speeding up the metabolic rate and zapping excess pounds. This can provide a lot of help most especially for those who are not afflicted with type 2 diabetes but are at high risk of it. That’s because the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Your body becomes more resistant to the effects of insulin the more fatty tissues you have. However, it is important for you to note that you don’t have to be overweight just to end up with type 2 diabetes.
Other risk factors for the condition include:
- Increased fat distribution in the abdominal area
- Family history
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Prediabetes (increased blood sugar level)
- Gestational diabetes (high blood sugar levels during pregnancy)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
The drink known to be very good at managing type 2 diabetes as well as a sluggish metabolism which ultimately leads to weight gain is actually composed of 5 ingredients. However, there are a couple of them worthy of taking the spotlight: apple cider vinegar and cinnamon powder.
Apple cider vinegar is a staple entry in so many listings of home remedies for various maladies, ranging from whitening your teeth, relieving indigestion to fighting off cancer cells. Apple cider vinegar is also known to help in lowering blood sugar levels, making it highly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
Based on a medical study conducted way back in 2004, test subjects who consumed a total of 40 grams of apple cider vinegar before meals had 34% lower blood sugar levels after meals than those who didn’t consume the sour liquid. The result was a testament that apple cider vinegar was in fact effective in making the body’s cells more respondent to insulin.
Then there’s also cinnamon powder which, several years ago, was a popular home remedy for individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes. That’s because this spice used for making all sorts of baked goodies taste delightful is known to help in the effective movement of sugar from the blood to the cells. Cinnamon powder is also said to help in the synthesis of glycogen, which is basically sugar stored in the liver.
By combining apple cider vinegar and cinnamon powder, its consumption before each meal provides a win-win situation for someone with type 2 diabetes. It is also perfect for those who are blaming their sluggish metabolism for their difficulty in attaining their ideal body weight. The combination of the sour liquid and the popular baking spice is proven to accelerate the metabolic rate and promote the burning of fat cells and reduction of excess pounds. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons of pure and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of pure and raw honey
- 16 ounces of water
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender
- Blend until everything is mixed very well
- Consume a full glass before meals