Diabetes and supplements- help!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/8/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. There is a lot of information out there about the kinds of vitamins to take and I don't know how to chose. Does anyone know from experience or otherwise what I should be taking?

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   Posted 1/8/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
First and foremost, what meds, if any, are you taking? Supplements and such may help you with your regimen but mostly you need to take a multivitamin (silver if you're post menopausal) and some fish oil, flax seed oil and calcium with D. Those are generally good overall supplements to help with your triglycerides, HDL's and LDL's as well as osteoporosis.

I have found that for me it's best to take my metformin and follow a "nothing white but cauliflower and cottage cheese" food plan. This, along with my exercise, helps me keep my blood sugars on track. I don't use any of the 'over-the-counter' secret supplements that 'your doctor doesn't want you to know about' because they aren't as effective as my prescription med and they cost a ton of money. I purchase my metformin for $10 every three months.

Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maxwell, as Jeannie said a multi-vitamin is a good start.  You might have read about some supplements that help diabetics but I don't think they all work the way they're promised to with everyone.  The best suggestion I have besides the multi-vitamin is to eat lots of vegetables, salads and whatever protein you prefer: meat, chicken, fish.  The nothing white but cauliflower way of eating means to stay away from the obvious carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, sugar (and any food made with any of these), and rice.  Please go through some of the old posts here about food, diet, etc. and you'll see how eating this way has helped all of us control our blood sugar better.  The simple fact is that carbohydrates raise the blood sugar; the more carbs a diabetic eats, the higher the blood sugar will rise.  Let us know more about you.  Are you on meds? 

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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