Promising Nutrients for Diabetes
The study reviewed articles that evaluated various nutritional supplements for diabetes
The mainstays of diabetes treatment are diet and lifestyle changes and blood sugar-lowering medications. However, many people with diabetes also turn to nutritional supplements, looking for additional help with their condition. A new review published in Current Diabetes Reports assessed studies of several popular dietary supplements for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Among the most promising are vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), vitamin C, and alpha lipoic acid (ALA), while several others deserve further investigation.
A complex condition deserves comprehensive treatment
Type 2 has become increasingly common in Western countries. This form of diabetes frequently results from sustained high levels of insulin in the bloodstream as a result of chronic exposure to blood sugar-raising foods, such as refined sugar and other processed foods. Over time, the cells in the body become less sensitive to insulin, a condition called insulin resistance.
Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and circulation problems.
What works, what doesn't
The new study reviewed articles that evaluated the effect of various nutritional supplements for diabetes published over the last three years. It is never advisable to add a new supplement to your routine or make changes to your medication without discussing it with your doctor.
Their review of studies showed an association between certain nutrients and improved diabetes-related symptoms:
These might work:
Other popular diabetes supplements
These supplements have a good track record in diabetes management.
(Curr Diab Rep 2011;11:142-8)
Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation's premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.