Supplements role in diabetes management
When it comes to Diabetes management it is always a good Idea to add some multi vitamins and supplements to get you over the hump. while your medications most of the time work to perfection, to me overachieving is always a good thing.
What are supplements anyway?
As defined by Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, a dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) that
- is intended to supplement the diet;
- contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanical; amino acids; and other substances) or their constituents;
- is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid; and
- is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement.
so while the FDA does regulate them as food, them as food, they are not regulated the same way drugs are and other conventional foods are. The FDA regulates Foods, Drugs and the supplements based on their intended use as claimed by the manufacturer so while a drug maker can claim that a drug will cure, diagnose, mitigate, prevent or treat a disease.
supplement makers cannot legally make the same claim(conspiracy theorists lay your arguments here)
While supplement makers are not required to prove that a supplement works or if it is even safe, they are however not allowed to sell and market ineffective or unsafe products.
What Supplements affect Us as Diabetics ?
Note: We do not endorse any product we just provide information that is out there please do your own research before taking any of these supplements if you do choose however you are welcome to check out our Diabetic-Journey Store.
As a diabetic, there are a few supplements you can take that help in the day to day management and to prevent long term complications.
Chromium Picolinate – Chromium Picolinate is sold as a supplement over the counter. It works with insulin to assist the cells in taking in glucose and releasing energy. when someone lacks chromium, the effectiveness of Insulin is lowered and thus glucose tolerance is increased which goes hand in hand with being Diabetic.
Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Evidence from several studies has suggested that amounts of DHA and EPA in the form of fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques (“hardening of the arteries”), lowers blood pressure slightly, as well as reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known heart disease. However, high doses may have harmful effects, such as an increased risk of bleeding. Although similar benefits are proposed for alpha-linolenic acid, scientific evidence is less compelling, and beneficial effects may be less pronounced.(thanks to the mayo clinic)
Multivitamin Supplements – Multivitamins are used to add several nutrients to the body thus preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. They are used by many people to increase essential nutrients to the body as most supplements come packed with over 100 different but common nutrients.
Weight Control Supplements – Some People use weight control supplements, like diet suppressants to help in weight loss. As a diabetic it is important to consult your phisician before using some of these for they will affect your meal and diet plan as well.
Vision support Supplements – These supplements help in improving vision and help prevent vision related complications.
Am sure there are many more the key is to find balance and take those vitamins and supplements that work for you.You are always welcome to add any that I have missed too……..
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