By digitaldoorbell Latest Reply 2013-01-12 22:14:39 -0600
Started 2012-03-03 19:01:41 -0600

Lots of us take medication and monitor our diets. Each of these have biological effects. In addition, food additives are are not without their controversy. I'm curious about vitamins. I'm interested in those of you who don't take a multiple or other vitamins (the explanation is more obvious if you do take them).

I have tried several supplements to help with neuropathy (I don't take meds for diabetes), to no avail. I end up continuing prescription medications. I've also tried yoga, acupuncture and other things that never work as well as "western medicine". It's difficult to believe that vitamins or minerals aren't depleted when we limit the food that we eat or take medication.

Any thoughts or experiences with vitamins?

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Leslie S
Leslie S 2013-01-12 22:14:39 -0600 Report

Excellent question! I've been wondering about this as well. I'll be sure to ask my Endo at my next appointment!! :)

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 16:03:49 -0600 Report

I do take vitamins and have found that 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid taken 2x/day along with 5000 mcg of Biotin taken once daily helped the neuropathy which I had when I was first diagnosed. It is now gone completely.

MAYS 2012-03-06 12:56:50 -0600 Report

Being a diabetic, vegetarian and having foot surgery last year my doctors were worried that I may worsen my slight case of neuropathy so I was put on prescription of Vitamin B-12 which actually helped me with the symptoms of neuropathy.

I know that everyone's case is individual but here is something that may interest you:

Vitamins and minerals are essential to our metabolism and well being and whenever we take any type of medication, prescription or otherwise, it does effect our nutritional needs.
I always make sure that I know, and let my doctors and pharmacist know what medications and supplements that I take, I need to know how they interact with one another, good or bad.

Type1Lou 2012-03-04 15:49:41 -0600 Report

My endo discovered last year that I was deficient in vitamin D. He prescribed 3000iu of D3 supplement daily. I believe you need enough D to properly make use of insulin. Last December, I was diagnosed with depression and a vitamin B12 deficiency. I am now getting a B12 shot monthly and taking a subligual B12 supplement daily…feeling much better! I also take biotin to strengthen my nails (it works), vitamin C and calcium citrate and a vision formula multi vitamin because of a history of macular degenration and glaucoma in my family. They all seem to help me.

Caliafiosgram62 2012-03-04 16:01:37 -0600 Report

OK Is Vitamin D Deficiency associated with diabetes? I just went to my GP last week for my annual physical. He did blood work and the next day they called to put me on D2 50000 units once a week. Said I was severely deficient.
We'll see what happens

Type1Lou 2012-03-04 17:15:57 -0600 Report

I just did a Google search on "Vitamin D and Diabetes". There are many interesting articles out there. There is evidence that Vitamin D is a factor in how your body produces/uses insulin. Here is one link: I'll try to post some of these articles in the DC News Articles section if they aren't already there.

jayabee52 2012-03-04 16:12:00 -0600 Report

I wonder about D2. From all I have read is that D3 is better absorbed and used than D2 that conclusion is backed up in the article from Medscape here ~

Currently I take 5000 IU of D3 (schiff). and then some fish oil capsules in addition.

Type1Lou 2012-03-04 17:27:29 -0600 Report

There was an article recently (was it here?..or maybe in the newspaper) about the difference between D2 and D3 and that D3 was the better supplement. I was happy to learn that because I am on D3 too.

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