Supplements for Type 1 children

By twice_as_nice45 Latest Reply 2010-01-20 12:58:30 -0600
Started 2010-01-19 17:45:30 -0600

Hey everyone, just getting my feet wet here, so here goes. I've recently started researching supplements that might help keep my 10 year old a little healthier. I've been looking at magnesium, fish oil/omega 3, and cinnamon. Anyone have experience with these or suggestions for others we might find beneficial? Thanks!

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MeiMei 2010-01-20 12:49:56 -0600 Report

I might recommend a book called Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Julian Whitaker. It is mostly for type 2 but he does explain type 1 very well as well as the nutrition involved with diabetes of either kind and supplements. His Wellness Clinic here in California leans very heavily on supplements and he explains why and also why the medical establishment poo-poos them. It is a very good read.

kdroberts 2010-01-20 12:58:30 -0600 Report

I'm glad you liked the book but I would be cautious.

Julian Whitaker has pretty much been panned by every authority on health, the National Council Against Health Fraud has been on his case over the years for many reasons (one of which is advocating therapies that are potentially dangerous), the supplements he sells are manufactured by companies that he is involved with, he is not certified in anything remotely related to diabetes and pretty much everything he claims can't be backed up with reliable studies or research data.

dietcherry 2010-01-19 19:16:35 -0600 Report

Welcome! I was diagnosed with T1 at 13 and the Endo said that a mulitvitamin would be beneficial. Diabetics often times run low on potassium so that would be an especially good one to supplement. Cinnamon is questionable; I have learned on this site that it has not been proven to lower blood sugar levels. Any vitamin/mineral protective of the heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs vulnerable to high blood sugars would be a start. I have always heard that the diabetic diet, which is different from the food pyramid, is going to supply all the RDA's and then some. Diabetics need doses above the RDA's in some cases to maintain an optimum health. Renee :)
P.S. I just thought of something else: Probiotics are good for diabetics to help combat yeast in the form of genital infections, athlete's foot, jock itch, thrush, etc.

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