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Effect Of Vitamin C On Blood Glucose & Serum Lipids In Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Effect Of Vitamin C On Blood Glucose & Serum Lipids In Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Effect of Vitamin C on Blood Glucose & Serum Lipids in Type 2 Diabetes Patients Ronjon Kumer Nath, Marufa Akhter, Kali Rani Sarker, Md Rezwanur Rahman, Shahela Sultana Chowdhury, Rumana Ishrat Background & objectives: The prevalence of diabetes is rising at an alarming sign through out the world & is one of the major metabolic disorders that cause micro & macro-vascular complications. Dyslipidaemia is considered as risk factor for cardiovascular disease & it is higher risk in diabetes subjects than normal. The control of glycemic & lipid profile status can reduced the risk of micro & macro-vascular complications. As vitamin C is anti oxidant vitamins so we aimed to evaluate the beneficial effects of its on blood glucose & serum lipids in T2DM patients. Materials & methods: A total of 46 patients with T2DM were included in this study. They received 1000 mg of vitamin C for eight weeks. Fasting blood sugar (FBS), triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), low & high density lipoprotein (LDL & HDL) and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) were measured before & after vitamin consumption and the results were analyzed. Results: A significant decrease in TG, TC, LDL, and HbA1c was seen in the group supplemented with 1000 mg vitamin C. In case of FBG & HDL there was no significant difference. Interpretation & conclusions: Our results indicate that daily consumption of 1000 mg supplementary antioxidant vitamin-C may be beneficial in decreasing glycemic status and lipids in patients with type 2 diabetes and thus reducing the risk of complications. KYAMC Journal Vol. 4, No.-1, July 2013, Page 337-340 Continue reading >>

Is It Safe To Take Supplements If You Have Diabetes?

Is It Safe To Take Supplements If You Have Diabetes?

You will find supplements for anything and everything these days. Even when you do not suffer from an ailment, supplements are suggested to keep you healthy and ailment-free. According to CDC, use of supplements is common among US adult population – over 50% adults used supplements during 2003-2006, with multivitamins/multiminerals being the most commonly used. So when you are a diabetic, especially if you have prediabetes and type-2 diabetes, you may find yourself confronting a large number of options for supplements that claim to support, reduce and even cure your diabetes. Diabetes is quite a frustrating disorder and you may find yourself tempted to try out these supplements one after another. But is it really safe to take supplements when you are a diabetic? Let us find out. But before that you need to understand what exactly supplements are. Defining Supplements As the name suggests, a supplement is anything that adds on to something. A dietary supplement is therefore something that one takes in addition to one’s diet to get proper nutrition. US Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act defines dietary supplements as having the following characteristics: It is a product that is intended to supplement the diet; It contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, and other substances) or their constituents; It is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid; It is not represented for use as a conventional food or as sole item of a mean or a diet; and, It is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement. Now let us look at some general benefits and risks of taking supplements. We will discuss these in context of diabetes later in the article. Benefit Continue reading >>

Too Much Vitamin C Not Good For Diabetics’ Hearts

Too Much Vitamin C Not Good For Diabetics’ Hearts

Too Much Vitamin C Not Good for Diabetics’ Hearts Older women with diabetes who take high doses of vitamin C for the sake of their hearts may be doing more harm than good. The study, which followed nearly 2,000 postmenopausal women with diabetes for 15 years, found that those who took heavy doses of vitamin C supplements — 300 milligrams (mg) a day or more — were roughly twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared with women who took no supplemental C. The researchers did find statistically weak evidence that lower supplement doses — up to 99 mg per day — curbed the risk of cardiovascular death, and high intakes of vitamin C from food were not related to a greater risk of death from cardiovascular causes. According to the researchers, their results suggest that taking supplements to correct the lower blood levels of vitamin C commonly seen in diabetes is not necessarily the right choice. And though the research focused on older women, the findings may apply to men as well, according to the study’s senior author. Dr. David R. Jacobs Jr., of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis stated that, "Our results, if confirmed by other research, would suggest that diabetics should be more cautious than others about taking supplements." The current recommended dietary intake for vitamin C is 90 mg a day for men and 75 mg per day for women. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it helps neutralize potentially cell-damaging substances known as oxygen free radicals, which are a normal byproduct of metabolism. While the vitamin is clearly necessary for good health, studies have garnered conflicting results on whether supplements help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, Jacobs and his colleagues note in the report, although people with Continue reading >>

Ways To Make Nutritional Progress Against Diabetes

Ways To Make Nutritional Progress Against Diabetes

Diabetes Home WAYS TO MAKE NUTRITIONAL PROGRESS AGAINST DIABETES (Introduction by Abram Hoffer, M.D.: Reading this chapter will report what can be done over and above the use of insulin and classical dietetics. I am very familiar with Type I (insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes), as two members of my family have it. As this is not a medical text, the author does not describe the symptomatology and treatment using insulin. (By the way, doctors who treat diabetes are practicing orthomolecular medicine without knowing it, for they are using a hormone that is naturally present in the body.) Dr. Saul lists and describes both positive and negative factors in dealing with this condition. Thus for Type I, we have on the positive side the B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B-3, and vitamin C. The negative factors are diets which are too rich in free sugars and not rich enough in the complex carbohydrates. Negative factors also include milk, fluoride, coffee and vaccinations. When it is started at an early age, niacinamide will prevent diabetes from developing in many children born to families prone to the disease. I have also found niacin very helpful in preventing patients from suffering the long term ravages of diabetes, which are not directly due to high blood sugars, but to the side effects involving the vascular system. Niacin lowers total cholesterol, elevates HDL, and prevents the development of arteriosclerosis. Therefore these patients are less apt to become blind and lose their legs. With medical supervision, it may be used safely in dealing with diabetics, but you will need to find a doctor who knows niacin. Dr. Saul provides supporting references to the literature, which physicians will benefit from seeing. I was especially pleased to see that he cite Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes: Supplements Overview

Type 2 Diabetes: Supplements Overview

Key Points There is limited scientific evidence on the effectiveness of dietary supplements as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for type 2 diabetes. The evidence that is available is not sufficiently strong to prove that any of the six supplements discussed in this report have benefits for type 2 diabetes or its complications. A possible exception may be the use of omega-3 fatty acids to lower triglyceridea levels. It is very important not to replace conventional medical therapy for diabetes with an unproven CAM therapy. To ensure a safe and coordinated course of care, people should inform their health care providers about any CAM therapy that they are currently using or considering. The six dietary supplements reviewed in this report appear to be generally safe at low-to-moderate doses. However, each can interact with various prescription medications, affecting the action of the medications. People with type 2 diabetes need to know about these risks and discuss them with their health care provider. Prescribed medicines may need to be adjusted if a person is also using a CAM therapy. aTerms that are underlined are defined in the dictionary at the end of this report. 1. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body cannot properly convert food into energy. Most food that a person eats is eventually broken down into blood glucose (also called blood sugar), which cells need for energy and growth. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose enter cells. In people with diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin, or it does not respond to insulin properly. This causes glucose to build up in the blood instead of moving into the cells. The most common type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-depen Continue reading >>

High Doses Of Vitamin C Supplement Increase Blood Glucose Levels

High Doses Of Vitamin C Supplement Increase Blood Glucose Levels

According to the July issue of Diabetes Care, high doses of supplementary vitamin C may cause an unexpected elevation of blood sugar levels and false diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Donald R. Branch, PhD, reports the case of a 49-year-old, slightly obese man who took high levels of vitamin C, causing high fasting (121 mg/dl) and after-meal (220 mg/dl) blood sugar levels. The man, who had earlier been diagnosed as a potential candidate for type 2 diabetes based on his age, obesity and repeat elevated blood sugar readings, had taken 4,500 mg. per day of a synthetic, unsweetened vitamin C product for the past five years. The patient was asked to discontinue the supplement and, after seven days, morning blood sugar averages dropped to 99 mg/dl. He then restarted vitamin C supplements in dosages of 4,500 mg. per day, and morning blood sugars rose to 110 mg/dl. He discontinued the supplement again and, after one week, blood sugars dropped to 79 mg/dl. Branch says that elevated blood sugars, as a result of taking such a high dose of vitamin C, “…could result in a misdiagnosis of diabetes and/or additional, unnecessary testing, as in this case.” He adds that “..vitamin C-induced production of glucose may interfere in the glucose monitoring of true diabetic patients.” Branch says that the man reduced his vitamin C intake to 1,500 mg. per day, and his blood sugars returned to the normal range. He says that vitamin C, taken in dosages of 1,500 to 2,000 mg. per day, has been proven to effectively reduce blood sugar and HbA1c levels. Also, research suggests it prevents kidney injury in diabetic rats. This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting Continue reading >>

Nutrients | Free Full-text | Inadequate Vitamin C Status In Prediabetes And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations With Glycaemic Control, Obesity, And Smoking

Nutrients | Free Full-text | Inadequate Vitamin C Status In Prediabetes And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations With Glycaemic Control, Obesity, And Smoking

Nutrients 2017, 9(9), 997; doi: 10.3390/nu9090997 Inadequate Vitamin C Status in Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations with Glycaemic Control, Obesity, and Smoking Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Lipid and Diabetes Research Group, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 4 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 9 September 2017 Vitamin C (ascorbate) is an essential micronutrient in humans, being required for a number of important biological functions via acting as an enzymatic cofactor and reducing agent. There is some evidence to suggest that people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have lower plasma vitamin C concentrations compared to those with normal glucose tolerance (NGT). The aim of this study was to investigate plasma vitamin C concentrations across the glycaemic spectrum and to explore correlations with indices of metabolic health. This is a cross-sectional observational pilot study in adults across the glycaemic spectrum from NGT to T2DM. Demographic and anthropometric data along with information on physical activity were collected and participants were asked to complete a four-day weighed food diary. Venous blood samples were collected and glycaemic indices, plasma vitamin C concentrations, hormone tests, lipid profiles, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were analysed. A total of 89 participants completed the study, including individuals with NGT (n = 35), prediabetes (n = 25), and T2DM managed by diet Continue reading >>

Albertsons Vitamin C: Finding The Sweet Spot

Albertsons Vitamin C: Finding The Sweet Spot

Vitamin C, a Possible Addition to a Diabetes Care Plan Those who took twice-daily vitamin C supplements had significantly improved fasting and postmeal blood glucose levels For those managing type 2 diabetes , eating healthfully, getting regular physical activity every day, losing weight if youre 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 help manage blood sugar levels. 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 type 2 diabetes to take 500 mg of metformina medication commonly used to manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetestwice per day, plus: a placebo pill (no vitamin C) twice daily. 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: Fasting blood glucosea measure of blood sugar levels when a person has not eaten for at least eight hours Postmeal blood glucosea measure of blood sugar levels after a meal Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)a measure of long-term blood sugar control (higher HbA1c indicates worse blood glucose control, which can lead to health problems, such as heart disease, kidney failure, and nerve damage) Compared with people who received metformin plus a placebo, those who took vitamin C supplements twice daily had: improved fasting and postmeal blood glucose levels, and Despite the studys short duration, these findings suggest that taking a vitamin C supplement may help people with diabetes regulate blood sugar levels better. The A, B, Cs of living well with diabetes Ty Continue reading >>

Dietary Vitamin C Intake Reduces The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Chinese Adults: Homa-ir And T-aoc As Potential Mediators

Dietary Vitamin C Intake Reduces The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Chinese Adults: Homa-ir And T-aoc As Potential Mediators

Dietary Vitamin C Intake Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Chinese Adults: HOMA-IR and T-AOC as Potential Mediators Chunling Zhou ,#1,2 Lixin Na ,#1 Ruiqi Shan ,1 Yu Cheng ,1 Ying Li ,1 Xiaoyan Wu ,1,* and Changhao Sun 1,* 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 2The Second afflicted Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 1Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, the National Key Discipline, School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China 2The Second afflicted Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, P. R. China Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, UNITED STATES Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Received 2016 Feb 2; Accepted 2016 Sep 11. This is an open access article distributed under the terms Continue reading >>

Vitamin C And Diabetes

Vitamin C And Diabetes

D.D. Family Getting much harder to control I am not sure what your trying to do here, I take vitamin C also but am still diabetic. I've taken at least 1 gram (1000mg) a day (usually a lot more, like 3-4 grams) most days for many, many years---like 40 years. Like Fur, I'm still diabetic (but I almost never get colds or flu). D.D. Family T1 since 1966, pumper since '03, transplant '08 First off, it's a study of only 84 people, so pretty much useless. And secondly, while they say they had "significant" decreases in the lipids and bg measurements they took, it's possible that anything over about 3% change or so could be considered "significant". So you really have no idea how helpful the vitamin C really is. You also don't know if these people changed their diets, levels of exercise, or anything else about their routine. They had been, after all, referred to a diabetes research center, so very well may have received help in other areas. So whatever the decreases in markers were, they could very likely have been due to something other than the vitamin C All in all, a very misleading and vague study. Cut back on carbs and you could pretty much get the same results and not spend money. T1 since 1966, dialysis in 2001, kidney transplant in 02 from my cousin, pumping 03 - 08, pancreas transplant Feb 08 Continue reading >>

Vitamin C And Diabetes

Vitamin C And Diabetes

A new study has added to the growing amount of research showing that vitamin C- as well as a high intake of vegetables and fruits- may have protective effects against diabetes. This makes more than a little intuitive sense- after all Diabetes is a disease marked by a good amount of oxidative damage- damage done to your cells and DNA by rogue molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants- like vitamin C- can help protect against this. A cornerstone of the Atkins program has always been a diet high in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and selenium, precisely because of their multiple protective benefits. In the current study, published in the July 28 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers collected food questionnaires from over 21,000 subjects. The researchers also measured blood levels of vitamin C in all the participants. The subjects were then followed up for 12 years during which 735 individuals were diagnosed with diabetes (about .4% of the population studied). There was a significant inverse association between vitamin C levels in the blood and the risk of getting diabetes. In other words those patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin C at the beginning of the study were the least likely to be among those who developed diabetes. Since vitamin C is often a “marker” for fruit and vegetable intake- after all, we get 90% of our vitamin C from vegetables and fruits- the researchers decided to investigate the effect of fruit and vegetable consumption independently from blood levels of vitamin C. Using the questionnaires, they determined that indeed, fruit and vegetable consumption did protect against diabetes to some degree. But surprisingly, the protection was not nearly as dramatic as the protection obtained by high blood lev Continue reading >>

Faq : Vitamin Raises Blood Sugar? | Hoffman Center

Faq : Vitamin Raises Blood Sugar? | Hoffman Center

Q:I am a type 2 diabetic who takes 4,000 mg of vitamin C each day. I recently heard that C can raise your blood sugar. Is this true? A:Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for maintaining optimal health as well as managing infection and disease. It is hard to imagine such an important vitamin could cause adverse effects in anybody. I believe the conundrum of vitamin C raising blood sugar has several sources. A study in 2004 (Am J Clin Nutr 2004;80:1194-200) concluded a high vitamin C intake from supplements (just 300 mg or more) is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older women with diabetes. I have to take issue with this conclusion because it was extrapolated from the Iowa Womens Health Study which was designed to examine diet and lifestyle factors and the incidence of cancer and mortality, not vitamin C and its relationship to blood sugar. Fortunately, the authors responsibly note that their study had several limitations, one being there was only one diet and health assessment at the beginning of the study and secondly, the subjects in the study were self-reported diabeticsresearchers did not validate this important criteria. Fueling the conundrum are foods containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruit and juices. They can and will raise blood sugarespecially among diabetics. Fruit intake, let alone juice, has to be kept in check so as not to increase blood sugar. In this setting, high blood sugar is created by the fructose in fruit rather than any vitamin C contained in it. At the other end of the spectrum are reports that vitamin C in doses of 1,000 mg per day decrease blood sugar and improve Hemoglobin A1c in diabetes, while doses of only 500 mg did not significantly reduce blood sugar or HgbA1c (Indian J Med Res 2007;12 Continue reading >>

4 Incredible Benefits Of Vitamin C For Diabetes

4 Incredible Benefits Of Vitamin C For Diabetes

Home / Type 2 Diabetes / 4 Incredible Benefits Of Vitamin C For Diabetes 4 Incredible Benefits Of Vitamin C For Diabetes Vitamin C is needed by the body for various essential functions and for a healthy immune system. Among its various benefits, the vitamin is beneficial for preventing diabetes and helping diabetics in coping up with the illness. According to a study, people who consume food rich in Vitamin C have a 22% lower risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who didnt. And those with adequate level of the vitamin in their blood have a 62% lower risk of diabetes. In diabetes, the cells and DNA get damaged by free radicals. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent this damage. Stops diabetes-induced blood vessel damage According to a new research published by The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, intake of a combination of insulin and Vitamin C may prevent diabetes-induced blood vessel damage, or endothelial dysfunction.Cells have memory, allowing damage to continue even after blood glucose has been brought within the target range. But this vitamin erases this memory of the cell and restores the functioning of the cell. This halt helps prevent complications of the heart, kidneysand eyes. Diabetes produces greater levels of oxidative stress in the body. Therefore, patients with diabetes type 2are more likely tosuffer from anxiety, depression and stress. This has an adverse effect on neurotransmitters, which are needed for many vital functions of the body. This damage iscontrolled by the consumption of Vitamin C as it can reduce cortisol in stressful situations. Cortisol is the hormone, which is released during stressful situations. All of these benefits make Vitamin C one of the essential vitamins for diabetics. Broccoli, cabbage, cau Continue reading >>

The Best Supplements For Diabetes

The Best Supplements For Diabetes

While eating a healthy diet (which includes mini-fasting) and exercising regularly are necessary to lower blood sugar naturally, these are not the only parts of my natural approach to managing diabetes. Nutritional support is also a key component of achieving healthy blood sugar levels. Supplements to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels Are Critical One reason nutritional support is so important is because diabetes is a nutritional wasting disease. Elevated glucose levels act like a diuretic and cause substantial loss of nutrients in the urine. Therefore, people with type 2 diabetes are likely to be deficient in important water-soluble vitamins and minerals. Incredibly, most experts specializing in diabetes make no attempt whatsoever to replace lost nutrients, leaving their patients to suffer the inevitable consequences of nutritional deficiencies. A second reason nutritional supplements are essential is that certain nutrients work to support your body’s ability to use insulin, which can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Anyone who has diabetes should—at a minimum—take a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement every day. Research has shown that taking a potent daily multivitamin dramatically reduces the incidence of infection and the number of sick days taken by patients with type 2 diabetes. Must-Have Supplements for Diabetes In addition to a multivitamin, make sure you are getting the following nutrients to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Many are included in multivitamins, but not always at the dosages I recommend. If your multi comes up short, supplement with additional doses of the specific nutrients until you’re taking the recommended amount. B-Complex Vitamins Vitamins B6 and B12 specifically support nerve health, which is critic Continue reading >>

Nutrients | Free Full-text | Inadequate Vitamin C Status In Prediabetes And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations With Glycaemic Control, Obesity, And Smoking | Html

Nutrients | Free Full-text | Inadequate Vitamin C Status In Prediabetes And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations With Glycaemic Control, Obesity, And Smoking | Html

Nutrients 2017, 9(9), 997; doi: 10.3390/nu9090997 Inadequate Vitamin C Status in Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations with Glycaemic Control, Obesity, and Smoking Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Lipid and Diabetes Research Group, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Received: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 9 September 2017 Vitamin C (ascorbate) is an essential micronutrient in humans, being required for a number of important biological functions via acting as an enzymatic cofactor and reducing agent. There is some evidence to suggest that people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have lower plasma vitamin C concentrations compared to those with normal glucose tolerance (NGT). The aim of this study was to investigate plasma vitamin C concentrations across the glycaemic spectrum and to explore correlations with indices of metabolic health. This is a cross-sectional observational pilot study in adults across the glycaemic spectrum from NGT to T2DM. Demographic and anthropometric data along with information on physical activity were collected and participants were asked to complete a four-day weighed food diary. Venous blood samples were collected and glycaemic indices, plasma vitamin C concentrations, hormone tests, lipid profiles, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were analysed. A total of 89 participants completed the study, including individuals with NGT (n = 35), prediabetes (n = 25), and T2DM managed by diet alone or on a regimen of Met Continue reading >>

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