What supplements do you take?

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By Diabetic Connect StaffA Latest Reply 2012-08-07 11:44:01 -0500
Started 2011-10-19 16:16:52 -0500

Do you take natural supplements to help you with symptoms of your diabetes? If so, which ones and what do they do for you?

This article reviews some of the most popular supplements for diabetics: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-artic.... But we'd love to hear about your experiences.

80 replies

alesiafae 2012-03-15 23:49:25 -0500 Report

Don't take any. Are they necessary?

jayabee52 2012-03-16 14:06:32 -0500 Report

That depends on your needs, Alesia, and what kind of meal plan you follow, and if you have any complications you wish to correct. I take Alpla Lipolic Acid and Benfotamane to counteract the pain of Diabetic Neuropathy.

DeanaG 2012-01-24 17:13:03 -0600 Report

My endo started me on 1000 mg of fish oil 3 times a day and a Diabetic multi-vitamin.
Has anyone ever heard of dizzy spells if you have too much Vitamin B12?

draco59 2012-01-21 15:08:21 -0600 Report

I take Magnesium 500 mg, Vitamin E 400 IU, Niacin 2000 mg (non-flushing), Chromium Picolinate 800mcg, a Multi – Vitamin (my wife pick that out, she’s an RN), Omega 3 Fish Oil 880 mg, Osteo Bi – Flex with vitamin D (I’ve tried others, but this works the best), Co-Q 10 100mg, Fenugreek 610 mg. I take them with the rest of my pills; I spread my pills over the day, morning, noon, after work and before bed.

nycutiebaby 2012-01-20 00:16:26 -0600 Report

i only take one supplement and it is called life force wich i get shipped to me fro florida this stuff is amazing it has done wonders for me lowered all levels in me for bp kidney ect,,, also some insurences do pay for supplements over the counter vitamins depends on what you have ect…well bye

mamma kim
mamma kim 2012-08-06 22:24:27 -0500 Report

What is life force an where do u get it? And is it a mulivitamin?

jayabee52 2012-08-07 04:53:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Mama Kim. WELCOME to Diabetic Connect!

There seems to be a number of products in the Life force line of products.
I Googled "Life Force Vitamins" and got these results here ~ http://www.google.com/search?q=life+force+vit...=

So there are several products and several sources for these products.

I pray this has been helpful

James Baker

mamma kim
mamma kim 2012-08-07 06:55:41 -0500 Report

So what do u use? I take more supplements thani do meds. I also take olive leave I can really tell a difference when I take my supplements. I also take liquid B complex.

jayabee52 2012-08-07 11:44:01 -0500 Report

I have not tried the Life force products at all, just that you were interested in finding out what it was and how one gets it.

Personally I use Biotin, Alpha Lipolic Acid, and Benfotamine trying to reduce the pain of my burning neuropathy. I also use Krill Oil, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and a sublingual B12.

ddwilliams83 2012-01-19 22:33:28 -0600 Report

Wow where to start: garlic and fish oil 2x daily, definitely helps w the cholesterol . Cinnamon w chromium, fenugreek , and cayenne 2-3 times a day helps w the sugar. Multivitamin gummies for the rest . Also I slip a half of a B-50 complex every other day . Then come the meds but that a different discussion. Lol . I'm too young, darn bad genetics : (

flipmom 2011-12-06 00:13:32 -0600 Report

I take GBG 10 in One Multi-Vitamin & Mineral and then some…

edited n deleted the link.. sorry!

jayabee52 2011-12-06 00:31:43 -0600 Report

Howdy D! (yes I went to your website)

I am sorry that I cannot use what you're selling. Quite simply because you're posting it here in violation of Alliance Health's Terms of use. Please go to the Terms of Use (found at the bottom of every page) and read it there, particularly the 6th paragraph from the top and particularly subsections (vi) & (vii).

This website survives on the advertisements it sells. If you or anyone else comes here and gets free advertiseing the folks paying for advertising will see that and stop paying for the advertisements and get their own free advertisements like everyone else. Then Diabetic Connect as we know it will go away. They'd have to make the decision to make it a paysite, or shut it down. I've been with DC for over 3 years and I wouldn't want the relationship between DC and me to change. So even though I have no standing with Alliance health except as one of the members of its websites, I want to be a good citizen here and question those who seem to want advertising for free.

It has NOTHING to do with your service or product offered or your stated intentions.

I think I remember you posting on DC for a while now. I would think that you would have figured out by now what is going on here You are, of course, (in my opinion) welcome to remain here and you ought to know that there are many folks who are friendly but feel as I do aboutDC, and won't hesitate to call you out about any posting where you advertise for goods or services. ——— And some may not be as nice about it as I am.



flipmom 2011-12-06 01:48:20 -0600 Report

thanks for the long explanation…

jayabee52 2011-12-06 01:53:24 -0600 Report

I am sorry, but I feel the long explantion is needed so folks can understand what is at stake with trying to get free advertising. I pray that you are not TOO sore at me.

jayabee52 2011-12-17 14:13:43 -0600 Report

I was just concerned that that was a nicer way of saying "You talk too much" or telling me I had diaherrea of the keyboard! LoL!

dietcherry 2011-12-04 22:01:46 -0600 Report

I take a multivitamin with iron, extra C, Biotin for my hair and sea kelp-both because of hypothyroidism, B complex, ALA, CoQ10, and D3. I was taking fish oil but discontinued because it clogged my pores :(

jigsaw 2012-01-19 22:59:53 -0600 Report

Never heard that problem with fish oil before! How much were you taking? I do take CoQ10, vitaminc, b complex to offset some of the potential problems of Met, a multi without iron and D3,plus a few other supplements with professional supervision and monitoring.

dietcherry 2012-01-20 09:46:31 -0600 Report

1000 mg daily. I have naturally oily skin so coupled with the fish oil, I was breaking out like a teenager!
Incidentally, my Endo told me that the prescription meds for high tryglicerides are mainly composed of fish oil, and will have the same effect!!

jigsaw 2012-01-20 10:09:58 -0600 Report

Can you eat salmon or other high omega 3 fishes? I know prescription Lovaza is fish oil, but there are some prescriptions used for high tryglicerides that are not.

dietcherry 2012-01-20 10:22:35 -0600 Report

Oh yes I can eat fish! But since I dont eat it every day, like I was popping the pill, Ive never noticed any skin eruptions!! lol
My tri's were slightly elevated from drinking full-fat milk, which I love, and he prescribed Lopid. I told him I wanted to try the fish oil first. I didnt have a clue why I was breaking out until he enlightened me. Ive since given up whole milk and my tri's receded to 49!
This is probably not a problem for most people, Im guessing, and my Dermatologist continues to tell me to thank my lucky stars for young skin :)

Young1s 2012-01-20 15:57:03 -0600 Report

I refused to give up whole milk at first too. But I switched to the 2%, because I figured I should, and it doesn't taste too different. I may switch to 1% eventually, but not just yet.
Question about the fish oil. Was it a solid, powdered or liquid capsule. Just wondering because it has been suggested that I start taking some. My LDL is scary high.

dietcherry 2012-01-20 16:10:31 -0600 Report

Well hey stranger! I use the 2% too now but I am pretty much phasing milk out of my diet :(
I was taking the liquid capsule; I didnt realize it came in any other formulation! Where do you find the solid and powdered forms??

Sissy Banks
Sissy Banks 2012-01-20 19:00:10 -0600 Report

Obviously there is no "TEAM"… Seems obvious to me, maybe you should take a step back and take a good look at your surroundings. Where do you want to be same time next year? Same place, what do you need to do different? Take some time for you… No matter how small!

dietcherry 2012-01-20 22:53:08 -0600 Report

You posted this exact same message to another member a few weeks ago. I took a look at your profile and you are advertising a link to a sales site. I have flagged you for being in violation of the TOU.

BTW thats still good advice so thanks :)

Young1s 2012-01-21 14:22:02 -0600 Report

Not just yet Denise. My doctor and I have already talked about prescription meds for my LDL. For now though, trying to do this with diet, exercise and maybe a couple of supplements.

To answer your question, I mainly try to walk at least once a day. Will be changing that to 2-3 times. But I also have a slew of exercises that I can do indoors, as well. I'm currently looking to replace my low-impact aerobics tape with a DVD version because my VCR conked out on me. There's a gym up the street that I can join but I'm hesitant.

Young1s 2012-01-20 16:55:10 -0600 Report

Oh…I'm sorry. I haven't found it in any other form, was merely asking. But, being that it is called fish oil, what other form would it come in, right? Just having another one of my duh moments. ;P

dietcherry 2012-01-20 22:56:19 -0600 Report

It really works Patricia but you may be one of the "lucky" ones who develops teenage angst on the face! ;)

Young1s 2012-01-20 23:04:07 -0600 Report

Well, I guess I'll find out soon enough. Just picked some up tonight. 1000mg, Enteric Coated (Christy's suggestion for the burps) Liquis Softgels. Claims to be odorless but it clearly smells fishy to me.

Young1s 2012-01-21 18:18:38 -0600 Report

No need to be. It's not an overpowering smell, just slightly evident when I stick my nose in the bottle. :)

jigsaw 2012-01-20 10:33:41 -0600 Report

49 is terrific ! Best I've been able to do recently is between 100 and 150. I have been down to 80 in the past. Much better then the 750 that appeared in a blood test about 17 or 18 years ago. Luckily I caught it very early and before there was any known damage done!

jigsaw 2012-01-20 18:12:12 -0600 Report

Yep! I was pumping cement through my veins ! If you tried to stick a needle in me, you'd bleed before I would. (-;

jigsaw 2012-01-20 18:12:06 -0600 Report

Yep! I was pumping cement through my veins ! If you tried to stick a needle in me, you'd bleed before I would. (-;

jigsaw 2012-01-20 13:22:32 -0600 Report

Yes, I use fish oil and lipitor. I tried to stop the lipitor for a month. My LDL and HDL stayed the same but my tryglicerides started climbing and went from the low 100s to 350, so I went back on the lipitor. Tryglicerides went right back to where they were, into 100s. I am very lucky to have caught it in the very beginning!

TsalagiLenape 2011-12-01 12:25:40 -0600 Report

Question for you then: What happens when your "TEAM" isnt working to help you but you are doing all the work with no progress to the point you feel defeated so why try?

jigsaw 2012-01-19 22:51:54 -0600 Report

Just keep in mind that the proper help is out there, you can definitely be helped, and your situation is not hopeless. I have been there a few times! I have found answers even when I thought there were none!!!

jayabee52 2011-12-02 17:44:48 -0600 Report

by team you mean your Dr and your RD and/or your CDE?

OR are you talking about your family members? If the latter (and from other discussions I suspect it is) I would "defect in place". Do what you have too do to maintain yourself and your health. Let the others fend for themselves. (I know, easy to say, hard to do)

If it is the first "team" I mentioned If you have had frank talks with them and told them nicely how what they're doing (or not doing) for you isn't helping, and you aren't getting the kind of help you need then it is time to (figuratively) kick them to the curb and find a new and fresh "Team"

dunkerms 2011-12-02 21:13:10 -0600 Report

I would never sugest you or any one else do what I have done—but one night before I was told I was diabetic the buring/tingleing was pretty bad..(I 'm not to bright mind you) thought maybe athlete feet. I put some over the counter athlete foot cream on my feet…and It WORKED. about 80% of the burning went away and I went to sleep. now if I watch the carbs and exercise, I can control the problem some what. from what I have read ALA is like a blood thiner—wonder if 325mg asprin a day would do the same thing???

jayabee52 2011-12-02 21:59:06 -0600 Report

I haven't heard about the Blood Thinner aspect of ALA I am gonna have to research that. I have a bleeding ulcer so I can't have NSAIDs of any kind because of that. Do you have a suggested source for that information?

dunkerms 2011-12-03 08:34:03 -0600 Report

I really do not remember where I read it for sure—usuall get my info from web md or google it?????????????

hughsbayou 2011-12-01 10:20:24 -0600 Report

I take 1000 mg of Benfotiamine a day, half morning and half evening. (It's a lipid soluble form of B1). Since I started taking it my BG has become normal and I'm no longer using Metformin. I also take a healthy dose of a multi-vitamin, fish oil, Cod liver oil, magnesium, Vit D, and Calcium. My diet is low carb with meat and high fiber vegetables as the mainstays. My exercise is about a half hour a day of biking, walking, swimming and some weight lifting. I vary it a bit from day to day. Since I started the Benfotiamine I've been able to eat a bit more carb and upped my exercise program a bit. My morning BG is now in the low 90s whereas without the BF and just the Metformin it was in the 100 -110 range.

jayabee52 2012-02-14 20:17:59 -0600 Report

I just came from another site and somehow I got into something which claims the neuropathy may be pretty well gone in about 2 weeks. A sales site telling all about it may be found here ~ http://neuropathytreatmentgroup.com/# If you are interested you can go to the site and read the label on the bottle.

I am giving this some serious consideration.

They also have a PDF book on neuropathy here ~ http://neuropathytreatmentgroup.com/nrs/neuro... I haven't taken the time to completely read it yet but I suspect it is a sales pitch for the product they're selling.

hughsbayou 2012-02-15 23:11:55 -0600 Report

Yes, the ingredients are the same as what I'm taking but not quite as potent. I'm still getting results but the neuropathy has not gone away. It is better than it was however, so I will just continue on this path. At the moment I have a cold so that kind of messes with everything.

jayabee52 2012-02-15 23:17:30 -0600 Report

I don't understand your statement about potency. Are you saying their formula is not as potent as you're taking or are you saying what you're taking is not as potent as their formula? I don't know which way to read it.

jayabee52 2011-11-30 22:00:38 -0600 Report

right now I am taking ALA for my burning neuropathy and cinnamon with chromium, 5000 IU of D3, and a multivitamin . I am considering others.

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-11-30 23:49:28 -0600 Report

May I ask you what ALA is. I suffer from nueropathy in my left and both toe and parts of my ankle too. Swelling, burning and everlasting stiffness. I take Lyrica and Cymbalta but they are not working. I reqlly need some relief. It is 24/7 action all the time.

jayabee52 2011-12-01 00:55:33 -0600 Report

ALA = Alpha Lipoic Acid. More info? here: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/alpha-lipo....

I have the burning too 24/7/365. The @ 600 mg a day ALA seems to have lessened my burning pain somewhat but has not eradicated it. any reduction of the pain is welcomed.

katytweety 2011-12-17 09:52:05 -0600 Report

I take ALA 600 once a day also, and my toes still seem to be getting worse. I was wondering if I would add Benfotiamine that it would help?

jayabee52 2011-12-17 14:24:30 -0600 Report

I don't know if Benfot. is for DN or not. I think it is supposed to work for lowering BG levels in general.

But perhaps you might want to add Biotin as ALA and Biotin work together.

I have heard of therapeutic doses of ALA going up to 1800 (mg, I think) Biotin should start at about 5000 (mg?). Of course not everything is gonna help every sufferer as we are all unique.

If you don't have success with higher doses of ALA paired with the Biotin, discontinue and try something else.

Of course if your BGs are out of control, you may not find any relief from anything until you do.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-30 21:52:00 -0600 Report

I'm taking Alpha Lipoic Acid and Cinnamon with everymeal. Looking into adding a few more, but still in the investigating stages.

sweetpea646 2011-11-30 20:33:27 -0600 Report

I take vitamins b1, b12, folic acid, vit d2, d3 and asprin 81mg and my diabetes med, Metformin. Daily and I try to eat right, its hard. I recently started taking these and im having side affects, I got my doctors appointments and keeping them informed of my side affects. I try to keep a active work out.

hobbygirl 2011-11-30 07:57:40 -0600 Report

I take 2 enteric coated aspirin*, Fish Oil capsules*, Calcium/Magmesium/Zinc tablets, CoQ10, Vitamin D3*, Vitamin B Complex*, and Organic Health Raw Green Multi Vitamin/Mineral. * = doctor's orders or suggestion. All this in addition to my prescription meds. The vitamins I take now make me feel much better.

Sashay19 2011-11-28 16:37:38 -0600 Report

I take magnesium, calcium + vitamin D, potassium, multivitamin with minerals, and that's because I was very sick and no doctor could diagnose what was wrong. This went on for a month, finally I got another blood test done and was called at home at 10pm and was told to get to the ER my Potassium was dangerously low, I got to the ER and was given more blood test and my electrolytes were all off. I was put in Intensive Care. That was very scary. Iwent through so many painful symptoms that I will not go into.

Dr. Norm
Dr. Norm 2011-11-28 11:25:05 -0600 Report

I have recommened supplements to my clients for over 15 years. The word natural is overused and without definition. I subscribe to a standard of pharmaceutical grade products. Most of my clients take a multivitamin, grape seed extract, a fibergy product that pulls excess insulin from the gut along with cal/mag and Vitamin D. Inulin is another imprortant ingredient that acsts the opposite of insulin. I add fish oil to help with the inflammation that is caused by excess insulin in the body as well as the inflammation from high sugar content that is an oxidative stressor. It goes without saying that exercise is critical as well as reduction of "white" and processed foods. My clients report a stabilizing effect on their blood sugar and insulin with this regimen.

CSYUKON 2012-01-14 10:21:57 -0600 Report

Could you tell me what is a fibergy product? I am type 2 diabetic with insulin restistance , thyroid, high cholestrol and now the my Dr. want me on kidney meds would that fibergy product help? What is the difference between inulin and insulin?

jayabee52 2012-01-14 12:39:28 -0600 Report

From a website promoting a product called Fibergy plus: •Fibergy Plus is a flavorless fiber blend that you add to juice or Nutrimeal™ and is naturally a low-calorie option.

Inulin, from a website by "Ray Sahelian, M.D " selling (a red flag for me) a product containing Inulin: "Inulin fiber is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans. Because inulin fiber is resistant to digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract it reaches the large intestine essentially intact, where it is fermented by indigenous bacteria."

To my mind something which ferments in one's gut is NOT a good thing (I have enough gas already!).

From WebMD's tab regarding Inluin's side effects: "Inulin seems to be safe when used appropriately. The most common side effects occur in the stomach. Using too much inulin causes more stomach problems." Whole article on Inulin here ~

Insulin is what one's pancreas puts into the bloodstream to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies (If everything is working right). For People with Diabetes (PWDs) some have to inject insulin because their pancreas or their insulin resistance is out of whack.

Anonymous 2011-11-29 15:45:49 -0600 Report

Can you give me the list of supplements I should take I am Type 2 diabetic, high blood pressure and at least 30 lbs overweight and am in constant pain. I currently take Vit. D

Johnroy 2011-11-28 09:55:31 -0600 Report

I take an over 50's multivitamin, Omega 3 fish oils, Co-enzyme Q10 (200mg), Alpha lipoic acid and L-carnitine(together). Magnesium and B12 complex. My diabetic nurse tells me that whatever I am taking…it's working. PS> Th e alpha lipoic acid helps with diabetic neuropathy.(nerve numbness.)

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