Truth About Diabetes Supplements: Fenugreek, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, and More | Everyday Health
If you're searching for diabetes supplements that will help lower your blood sugar, know their potential risks and benefits first.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, you may be wondering if taking supplements can help manage the disease. If you visit any online diabetes forums, youll see claims about this or that supplement and how they can help reverse or cure diabetes and 22 percent of people with diabetes use an herbal therapy, according to the National Health Interview Survey . But whats the real scoop about the benefits of certain supplements for people with diabetes, as well as which ones are dangerous or simply ineffective?
Any supplement can be dangerous if not taken correctly, says Sandra J. Arvalo, MPH, RDN, CDE, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, who is based in the Bronx, New York. Every person with diabetes should check with his or her doctor before starting any supplement. Let the doctor decide if what you're willing to take is safe for you.
Also ask your doctor about getting your blood levels of nutrients, to get a feel for which supplements may or may not be right for you. This is the key to truly personalizing and optimizing health, because it allows for a better understanding of which supplements might be most helpful, and at what doses, says Robin Foroutan, RDN , an integrative dietitianand a spokesperson for the AND, who is based in NewYork City.
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