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Type 1 Diabetes

Also indexed as:Diabetes, Type 1
Also known as childhood-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Alpha Lipoic Acid
600 to 1,200 mg a day3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with alpha lipoic acid may protect against diabetic complications, such as nerve and kidney damage.
Cayenne Topical

(Diabetic Neuropathy)
Apply an ointment containing 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin four times per day to areas of nerve pain3 stars[3 stars]
Topically applied capsaicin (from cayenne) has been shown to relieve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Chromium
200 mcg daily3 stars[3 stars]
Chromium has been shown to help improve glucose tolerance in people with type 1 diabetes.
Fiber
30 grams daily 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking fiber supplements may help to stabilize your blood sugar.
Magnesium
200 to 600 mg daily3 stars[3 stars]
People with type 1 diabetes tend to have low magnesium levels, supplementing with the mineral may reduce the risk of deficiency-related problems, such as eye damage and neuropathy.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine

(Diabetic Neuropathy)
500 to 1,000 mg three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Bilberry
160 mg twice per day of an herbal extract containing 25% anthocyanosides2 stars[2 stars]
Bilberry may lower the risk of some diabetic complications, such as diabetic cataracts and retinopathy.
Biotin
16 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Biotin may improve glucose levels and reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage.
Gymnema
800 mg per day of an herbal extract standardized for 25% gymnemic acids2 stars[2 stars]
Gymnema may help normalize blood sugar control in people with type 1 diabetes.
L-Carnitine
0.25 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with L-carnitine may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with diabetes.
Onion
20 grams fresh onion three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Large amounts of onion have been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, possibly by blocking the breakdown of insulin in the liver.
Vitamin B1
25 mg daily, with 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily2 stars[2 stars]
People with type 1 diabetes may be deficient in vitamin B1. Supplementing with vitamin B1 may restore levels and improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Taking vitamin B3 (as niacin or niacinamide) might prevent or limit the severity of type 1 diabetes in your family.
Vitamin B6
1,800 mg daily of of pyridoxine alpha-ketoglutarate or 50 mg daily pyridoxine2 stars[2 stars]
People with diabetes often have low vitamin B6 levels. Supplementing with the vitamin may restore levels and improve glucose tolerance.
Vitamin C
500 mg twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin C may benefit people with type 1 diabetes in several ways, including by reducing sorbitol levels, urinary protein loss, glycosylation, and eye damage.
Vitamin D
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin D is needed to maintain adequate insulin levels, and supplementing with it may reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Vitamin E

(Diabetic Retinopathy)
1800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may combat free radicals associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Vitamin E

(Diabetic Nephropathy)
900 to 1,800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against diabetic neuropathy.
Zinc
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with zinc may lower blood sugar levels and improve immune function in people with type 1 diabetes.
Acai
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Acai is reported to be a traditional remedy for diabetes.
Amylase Inhibitors
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Amylase inhibitors, when given with a starchy meal, can reduce the usual rise in blood sugar levels of people with diabetes.
Asian Ginseng
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Asian ginseng is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes.
Coenzyme Q10
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with CoQ10 may improve blood sugar metabolism.
Evening Primrose Oil
See Learn More for details 1 star[1 star]
Evening primrose oil has been associated with improved diabetic neuropathy. However, the principal investigator who conducted these clinical trials was found to have falsified research results, so whether EPO or GLA is of any value for neuropathy is still unknown.
Fenugreek
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.
Fish Oil
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with fish oil may improve glucose tolerance and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy.
Ginkgo
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The herb ginkgo may help prevent and treat early-stage diabetic nerve damage.
Glucomannan
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Glucomannan delays stomach emptying, leading to more gradual sugar absorption and possibly lowering insulin requirements for people with type 1 diabetes.
Hibiscus
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hibiscus is a traditional remedy in India for diabetes, and is supported by preliminary research.
Inositol
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with inositol may improve diabetic neuropathy.
Manganese
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with diabetes may have low manganese levels, which can contribute to glucose intolerance. Supplementing with the mineral may help.
Mistletoe
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Mistletoe extract has been shown to stimulate insulin release from pancreas cells, and it may reduce diabetes symptoms.
Olive Leaf
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Olive leaf extracts have been used experimentally to lower high blood sugar in diabetic animals
Quercetin
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Quercetin may be helpful for its ability to reduce levels of sorbitol--a sugar that accumulates in cells and damages the nerves, kidneys, and eyes of people with diabetes.
Reishi
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Reishi may have some beneficial action in people with diabetes.
Sea Buckthorn
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Animal and preliminary research suggests a connection between sea buckthorn and improved measures of blood sugar control.
Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E

(Diabetic Retinopathy)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Antioxidant nutrients including selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E may combat free radicals associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
A combination of the antioxidants selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E has been shown to improve diabetic retinopathy.
Taurine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with type 1 diabetes tend to have low taurine levels, a condition that increases the risk of heart disease. Supplementing with taurine may restore levels.
Vitamin B12
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with vitamin B12 may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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