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Should I Take Supplements To Help Manage My Type 2?

Should I Take Supplements To Help Manage My Type 2?

Most supplements purported to help blood sugar levels, insulin resistance/production are Traditional/Natural products.

None of them actually provided “adequate control” or Meds never would have been developed, but that doesn’t mean that they may not be valuable as part of your “overall” treatment.

If you identify/hear about one that “might help” do a bit of research to see if it might be worth a try “for you”.

Your Doctor/Pharmacist etc can advise if it will interact with any of your… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member it is "always" best to get what we need from food.

We digest and use it more efficiently then the vitamin capsules. And that is the ongoing aim of the Vitamin companies - finding a way to make their product (more digestible) because we just don't get "much" of the product if you take it as a supplement.

They were having exactly the same problem with Insulin that they were trying to dispense with an inhaler (just like an asthma puffer).

You had to inhale 10 units for every 1 unit that actually got absorbed - talk about whining about insulin costs with that one 😀

And that's the thing - our bodies want to "suck" vitamins and minerals out of food and it wants to do it "it's way" - you toss down a capsule and the stomach acid starts to burn it up and the uptake percentage goes way down.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

This is why they try and add enteric coating. They do it with meds as well as supplements. The insulin that is available in a cartridge inhaler is called Afrezza and although convenient sounding it has side effects for many and as Graham stated is quite wasteful. I have read that Sanofi has stopped making it.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Early in my fight with the beast I started taking magnesium and chromium supplements. I'd read about making sure they were in my diet. At the time it was difficult for me to keep food in the truck so I did what I could. Once I started eating more of the foods that contain magnesium and chromium I could back off the supplements. Flaxseed oil was one of the things that helped me to start losing weight.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Unless recommended, I would not take supplements. For example, as vegetarian B12 is suggested. It is acceptable and doesn't
t bother my stomach, I take it.

posted 5 months ago
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