Vitamin C, a Sensible Addition to Diabetes Care Plan
Consider taking 500 mg of vitamin C twice per day
For those managing type 2 diabetes, eating healthfully, getting regular physical activity every day, losing weight if you're overweight or obese, and taking medications as prescribed are known to be wise steps for managing diabetes. Now, adding a twice-daily vitamin C supplement to your self-care routine may be an additional way to keep blood sugar levels in check.
Pla-"C"-bo controlled trial
To study the effects of a vitamin C dietary supplement on blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers randomly selected 70 adults with this condition to take 500 mg metformin--a medication commonly used to manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetes--twice per day, plus:
Study participants provided blood samples, and the researchers tracked indicators of blood sugar control at the beginning and end of the 12-week study, including:
Compared with people who received metformin plus placebo, those who took twice-daily vitamin C supplements had significantly:
Despite the study's short duration, these findings point to a simple step--taking a twice-daily vitamin C supplement--that people with diabetes may be able to take to better control their disease.
The A, B, C's of living well with diabetes
Type 2 diabetes has a genetic component, but even if you have a family history of this disease, you are not destined to get it yourself. And if you already have the condition, managing it well will keep you healthy and reduce your risk of diabetes-related health problems:
(Adv Pharm Sci 2011; doi:10.1155/2011/195271)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.