How to Support a Diabetic Dietby Rejuvenation Therapeutics Science and Editorial Team
November is Diabetes Awareness month and we want to encourage you to get active about your health and get tested! Early detection, treatment and lifestyle changes are so very important to managing the disease and living a long, healthy life.
Seek the advice of a health professional if you have any questions about changes in your body that could be the early signs of diabetes. Please urge your loved ones to do the same.
Diabetics generally control their blood sugar with medications like insulin in addition to eating properly, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
But that isn’t all they do.
In fact, a majority also choose to take vitamin supplements. A 2011 study reports that over 50% of people with diabetes have taken supplements and 25% have tried herbal remedies.
Do Supplements Help Support My Diabetes Health?
Although nutritional supplements cannot substitute completely for medication, certain supplements may help diabetics better control their blood sugar or help control their risk for heart disease. This is the most common and life-threatening complication from diabetes.
Taking vitamins may also provide health benefits to diabetics since they pass greater amounts of urine daily to get rid of extra sugar. In doing so, they tend to lose large amounts of vitamins at the same time that are critical to proper blood sugar control.
Which Supplements Should Diabetics Avoid?
Health is a personal matter. Everyone’s physiology is different and responds to various inputs differently. Before taking any supplements, make sure you discuss them with your doctor, since some products can interfere with certain medications.
There are three types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational) so proper supplementing and dosage will depend on the type.
Dealing With Diabetes
The best way to prevent and control diabetes is by living a healthy lifestyle. If you think you may be diabetic, education is a vitally important tool you will need to help you manage your diet, stress, sleep and general wellness. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level can be a huge challenge since it depends on so many life variables like stress, exercise, weight and diet.
However, there are a variety of solutions like taking supplements, medication and adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors that may help to reduce diabetes progression.
Make sure you see your medical providers on a regular basis and get all the proper annual tests like a dilated eye exam, flu shot, cholesterol test and see your dentist to check your teeth and gums.
In addition, checking your blood sugar regularly and updating your self-care plan are all a part of making sure you are in control of diabetes and not the other way around.
Make A Plan For Controlling Your Diabetes
A great plan for preventing and controlling diabetes includes exercise, eating right, sleep and living a lifestyle that blends sensible health into everyday life. However, these aren’t the only ways to help your body keep the symptoms of diabetes under control.
The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health reported that more than one-third of Americans use vitamins and supplements to ensure they get adequate amounts of essential nutrients and to manage certain health conditions such as diabetes.
If you haven’t considered these options for yourself, it is time to begin your research into how supplements could help control your diabetes.