What Supplements Should People with Diabetes Take?

More Diabetes Daily Sep 7, 2011, 4:58 pm

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Eating natural foods is the ideal way to get crucial vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough this way, so supplements are necessary.

Do people with diabetse need special supplements? Not according to the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 Standards of Care. It says that “routine supplementation with antioxidants, such as vitamins E and C and carotene, is not advised because of lack of evidence of efficacy and concern related to long-term safety.”

In other words, there’s no evidence that people with diabetes will be especially helped by supplements. That said, many people should be taking supplements regardless of whether they have diabetes.

For example, the internationally renown Joslin Diabetes Center recommends the following supplements:

  • Women: calcium, iron, folic acid
  • Adolescents: calcium, iron, multi-vitamin & mineral
  • Seniors: multi-vitamin & mineral, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12
  • Vegetarians: calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12
  • Smokers: vitamin C

Vitamin C – Because high blood sugar may inhibit the absorption of Vitamin C, many people with diabetes have lower levels.  Be careful: taking a daily dose of 1,000 mg or more may cause kidney stones and diarrhea.

Vitamin E – Studies have suggested that Vitamin E may protect against heart diseas … Read the Rest

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