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Can Supplements Impact Diabetes?

Updated on September 29, 2012

Supplements for Prevention

Before we start lets make it clear that supplements are just that. They are supplements to someone eating the right foods and have never been meant to be a substitute for nutritious foods.

Having said that, supplements have become more important as the nutrition in food has diminished. Diabetes is a partial result of modern day stress, bad nutrition and just plain neglect of health. Of course there are factors were born with, but speaking in generalities diet is the common culprit.

So what were stressing here is prevention, and including supplements is one way to help yourself shy away from diseases. Next will look at some of the supplements you can take that are recommended for diabetes.

Diabetic Supplements

In the category of supplements we can include vitamins, herbs, spices and minerals. To be more specific the most commonly used are omega-3 fatty acids, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, coenzyme Q10, garlic, and magnesium.

Diabetes is a tricky disease, one of the reasons supplements play an important role is they support the other systems to compensate for the insulin resistance that diabetics get. If you look at some of the pre-diabetic symptoms you get an idea of how other parts of your body are affected.

Since everything in supplement form comes with a disclosure that it's not meant to be a cure, it is a good practice to consult with your doctor.

Since diabetes is so tricky, use caution when changing any nutritional habits that affect your glucose processing. Also, because were all different in our needs, this becomes even more critical to get help from a professional. The data floating around on the Internet should be taken as informational and not implemented into your routine until a professional is consulted.

If you interested in a look at some opposing views about supplements try worthless supplements. I don't usually oppose supplements, but in this case you should know both sides.

Abuse exists even in the natural supplement industry, capitalizing on diseases where a client is trusting and vulnerable to their ads. To be sure, check out any changes you contemplate with your doctor.

Protocol for Diabetic Supplements

What path should you follow for diabetic supplements?

Coming from the National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine the following supplements have some scientific data to support there effectiveness on diabetes.

They are: alpha-lipoic acid, chromium, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyphenols.

Beyond that, gaining more knowledge about the disease itself is advisable. There definitely isn't a lack of information out there, it's only how much of it is useful for you to use. In the case of diabetes it is even more critical to understand how supplements/herbs affect you and what is the proper dosage.

Take time and research a little deeper into this subject. New discoveries are emerging everyday - keep you eyes and ears open for these new discoveries.

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      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Another interesting and quite informative hub. Thank you. It is very helpful.

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