Using Supplements for Diabetes Prevention

Supplements are just what their name implies: an addition to something else. They are not meant to be the main source of nutrients in your body.

The majority of the nutrients that the body needs come from outside the body. We can make some amino acids and other building blocks ourselves within the body cells, but not enough to sustain us, and not without proper nutrition. When it comes to getting proper nutrition, food is the primary tool we need to use.

Nevertheless, the world of supplements is big business because many people see them as a tool to help improve their health. In some case, they may be right. If you are at risk for diabetes, a little supplementation may help you fight back.

Supplements that May Prevent Diabetes


One of the most common supplements is multivitamins. We don?t always eat right everyday even if we are trying to. There will be nutrients missed especially when we have busy schedules. That is where a multivitamin comes in. Multivitamins supply the basic recommended daily allowance (RDA) for many of the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs.

All you have to do is pop one in your mouth every morning. For people who can?t swallow pills, you can take your vitamins in liquid form. There are even chewable vitamins for kids, as well adults. For some, it’s hard to find time each day to munch on all the fruits, vegetables, and grains we are recommend to eat.


Outside of the multivitamin there are other supplements that play a role in helping to fine tune the metabolic system. One of those supplements is chromium. Chromium is a mineral needed within the body.

In the body, glucose (sugar) is circulating in the bloodstream waiting to be picked up by insulin. The cells accept as much glucose as they can handle and use it for energy. In the presence of chromium, the cells can increase their glucose load, lowering the blood sugar and giving you a ready supply of energy for whatever activity you have to accomplish throughout the day. You may have heard of chromium piccolinate. It was a big deal in the weight loss arena several years ago. Maybe that is because of its effects on the blood sugar.


Another supplement is magnesium. Its role in the body has to do with insulin. It can help increase the effectiveness of it at removing sugar from the blood and transporting it where it is needed. People who have developed insulin sensitivity have a problem with the body?s cells recognizing it and taking in the sugar it offers.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body. They repair what has been damaged so that the systems of the body, including metabolism, can operate properly.

Even if you choose to start a supplement regimen as part of your diabetes prevention plan, remember that food should still be the primary tool for obtaining nutrition. Also, as helpful as supplements are, don’t take them unless you consult your doctor first. Consuming too much of any one substance can have bad effects on you, even when it comes to preventing something like diabetes Type 2.

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