are there any dietary supplements out there that are diabetic friendly?

By mona70277 Latest Reply 2011-12-09 01:32:11 -0600
Started 2011-07-01 00:40:02 -0500

i suffer from severe diabetic neuropothy and mobility is an issue for me,which limits greatly the exercises that i am phsicaly able to perform. i need to lose 20-25lbs. ive been searching for a dietary supplement to nudge me along but it seems that they all say not to use if you are diabetic. does anyone know of any that can be used by diabetics?

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SheliaDell 2011-07-03 12:12:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Mona -
I've had good results with the same plan James recommended…low carb, high protein. I lost 65 pounds in three months doing this. The other part of this type of "diet" is moderate good fats, such as avocado, nuts like walnuts or almonds, and healthy oils when you must use oil for cooking. The weight just seemed to melt off me. More importantly, perhaps, is the drop and levelling out of my blood glucose numbers. I had crept up into the 250's, and now my average is 101! My doctor says if I can lose about ten more pounds, I should be able to stop taking my meds (Metformin)!
While it is difficult sometimes to try to "diet" without help from diet supplements, I think you'll find using the low carb/high protein plan a very satisfying way to eat.
The protein keeps you from being hungry, and the good fats help, too.

jayabee52 2011-07-01 08:57:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Mona
There are all kinds of dietary suppliments (or "neutraceuticals") which CLAIM to be diabetes friendly and CLAIM to be useful in the control of diabetes. I have read the literature of most of the common ones, which are heavily promoted by the Mulit Level Marketing/Network Marketing (MLM/NM) crowd. Occasionally we will get one of those folks here on DC trying to sell their wares. They talk a good game, because they've been trained to do it (I was in a couple MLMs in my lifetime) but often their arguments are mere smoke and mirrors. For instance, often they will say that they are in the latest edition of the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR), as if that gave their product a legitimate place among medicines. What they DON'T say is that it is a seperate PDR from the one for prescription drugs. There is a seperate PDR for "neutraceutical" products. The only critereon for inclusion there is that it is manufactured and offered for sale by someone. To be included in the PDR for prescription medications, a higher standard applies for inclusion. (I don't have the url for the endocrinology paper from which I got this information, but I can get it, if desired, because I have the paper on my other computer in my apartment.)

I believe that the best way to lose pounds and inches is not to find a dietary suppliment to aid your weight loss, but to go instead on a low carbohydrate highprotein eating plan. I believe that because I am living that right now. I have lost about 35 lbs on the plan and I had been having trouble fitting into 42" waistband pants. Now I easliy fit a 38" waistband pants. That has been since January 2011 when I started. I also keep my Blood glucose in the normal range, or close to it, and my last A1c was 5.5 last May all without the use of medication. (I've never had an A1c this low since I was Dx'd in 1995)

I know everyone can't get these results exactly, but you can lose the weight and inches by eating low carbohydrate meal plans.

I kinda stumbled onto this plan through reading a lot on DC here and reasoning about my body and my situation. So far I have been able to maintain my plan

I pray you can find a way to lose the weight without those dietary suppliments



jayabee52 2011-12-09 01:32:11 -0600 Report

I came across a listing of suppliments recently from Dr Whittaker. I take a couple of these.

Q&A: Supplements for Diabetes

Q: What supplements do you recommend for diabetes?

A: Here’s what I recommend to my patients with diabetes:

Alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidant that reduces the risk of diabetic neuropathy by protecting against free-radical damage to nerves. The recommended dose is 600–1,800 mg per day. I suggest starting with 600 mg and building up after two or three months.
Chromium. Trace mineral that increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps reduce blood sugar levels. The recommended dose is 200–400 mcg daily.
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Omega-6 essential fatty acid that is integral to healthy nerve function and has been found to be an effective therapy for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. People with diabetes often have problems converting dietary fats to GLA in the body. The recommended dose is 500–1,500 mg of GLA derived from evening primrose oil per day.
Gymnema sylvestre. Central and south Indian plant that has been used medicinally since the sixth century BC. Promotes healthy blood sugar levels and helps nourish and maintain the integrity of the pancreas. The recommended dose is 200–400 mg daily.
Magnesium. Mineral that is essential to regulating calcium levels and maintaining healthy blood pressure and circulation. The recommended dose is 500–1,000 mg daily.
Multinutrient supplement. Broad array of vitamins and minerals to replace nutrients lost in the urine, which is an inevitable aspect of diabetes. Protects against diabetic complications. The recommended doses are: 75 mg vitamin B6, 150 mcg vitamin B12, 300–400 IU vitamin E, 1,000 mg vitamin C, and 2,000–5,000 IU vitamin D (note you’ll need to supplement with extra Vitamin D since most multis will contain only 600 IUs on average
Vanadyl sulfate. Form of the trace mineral vanadium that mimics the action of insulin, increases insulin sensitivity, and helps reduce blood sugar levels. The recommended dose ranges from 45–100 mg daily. Vanadyl sulfate should only be taken under a physician’s care, with frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels. — JW

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