By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-01-26 14:30:27 -0600
Started 2014-11-11 17:32:55 -0600

What kind of vitamins are recommended for diabetics? I know you will say ask my dr. and I plan to when I see her later this month. In the meantime, I want to take some supplements that will be good for me without breaking the budget or filling my plate with pills. On another thread a "diabetic pac" was mentioned, put out by Nature Made. The thread was a few years old, so I'm asking the community. There are so many things I have read that diabetics need to be sure to get enough of, I'm not sure where to start. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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StephD143 2015-01-26 14:30:27 -0600 Report

I'd say talk to your dr first. Only he/she can help you best since they have your FULL medical history. THere may be some vitamins/supplements that are helpful to you or might not be AS helpful. My dr highly recommended mine, but again, my endo based it on my medical history. I know how you feel about wanting to do something in the mean time. I felt the same way when I was first diagnosed. Good luck!

Raul-1967 2014-11-12 16:57:32 -0600 Report

Most of the vitamins at the stores ARE tricky, specially what is called 'bio-availability'. Like Gabby says; they don't get absorbed by the body. And very sadly we have pushed our Doctors to be fixers once the body breaks. But ALL Vitamins are NOT created equally, and most Doctors do not know about it (the difference).
Like for all things; you pay for what you get. and it is not different with vitamins. But there is a book I came across a while back, to at least know if what you are drinking as good or not: Comparative guide to nutritional supplements (Dr. Lyle MacWilliams). Prepare to cry at some of the 'quality' of what you find at the store. But at least you know from a research point of view.

The ones I drink have 5 or 6 products in the PDR…Medical reference book for medications (they are qualified as such because of the pharmaceutical quality and high bio-availability).

GabbyPA 2014-11-12 06:11:09 -0600 Report

Vitamins can be tricky, and to be honest, most of what is in a vitamin never gets used by your body. Vitamins have a need to be connected to other things such as minerals, fibers and companion vitamins to be most effective. That is one reason many people try to get their nutrients from real whole foods instead of pulling out just one element.

That being said, if you are lacking in things, you need to find out how they will interact with your medicines. can help you find that out. That is where I found out I couldn't eat grapefruit while taking my Lisinopril. I asked my doctor about eating grapefruit in the morning since I take my Lisinopril at night, but he said no. Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's safe and finding out interactions can be very helpful.

I take a fish oil for my cholesterol, but found home made almond milk does better. I take a concentration of cranberry to keep my bladder happy and I do also take home made capsules of turmeric and moringa to help with inflammation. I used to take the Diabetic Packs mostly for the chromium, but didn't find that it helped me much.

Angie Type 1
Angie Type 1 2014-11-15 17:32:08 -0600 Report

Gabby, I did the diabetic packs too years ago for the chromium. I did feel better(or maybe in my head) but am having a hard time finding them now. And then I went to Amway and they were so expensive per month. Now I just take a multi (nature made) because I too believe the majority just comes back out. One A Day for Women made me so sick before I went to work.. felt like morning sickness… not good ..

suecsdy 2014-11-15 17:53:21 -0600 Report

I don't know what state you are in but I was just over at Wal Mart today and they had them for 10.00 for a months worth. At least I think that's what they were. Decided to wait and see if this Medi Bio Tech is going to send me any. It's possible my ins will cover if my Dr. approves.

GabbyPA 2014-11-15 17:38:26 -0600 Report

The only place I could find a good deal on the diabetic packs was Walgreens, but I would only buy them when they were BOGO. But like you said, it gets hard to find them. Maybe check Amazon?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-11 21:07:38 -0600 Report

My doctor recommended only one vitamin. You really need to ask her because you will have a problem if you take too many..

denipink57 2014-11-11 17:46:13 -0600 Report

there are a number of vits and mins recommended but apart from taking a good multiple i would check with your doc first just because you can take too many and that would be worse in my opinion than taking none at all.