Vitamin and Mineral Supplements ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-02-25 22:20:44 -0600
Started 2010-02-25 10:32:18 -0600

Do you need to take certain vitamins or minerals if you have diabetes?

There’s currently no scientific evidence to show that specific supplements can improve blood glucose control, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA), except in rare cases of deficiencies of the minerals chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium or zinc.

However, vitamins and minerals help everyone function better, whether you have diabetes or not, says the ADA.

Most people get sufficient vitamins and minerals if they eat a wide variety of foods. Your physician or registered dietitian can go over your diet with you and determine if you might need a vitamin or mineral supplement. You might need one if you are:

On a diet of fewer than 1,200 calories per day

Following a strict vegetarian diet

At risk for bone disease

Over age 65

Pregnant or breastfeeding

Taking diuretics

(In my personal opinion, I say continue taking your vitamin and mineral supplements, it can't hurt)

" Mays "

8 replies

MAYS 2010-02-25 21:59:26 -0600 Report

Because adverse effects have only been documented from vitamin B6 supplements and never from food sources, safety concerning only the supplemental form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is discussed. Although vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is excreted in the urine, long-term supplementation with very high doses of pyridoxine may result in painful neurological symptoms known as sensory neuropathy. Symptoms include pain and numbness of the extremities and in severe cases, difficulty walking. Sensory neuropathy typically develops at doses of pyridoxine in excess of 1,000 mg per day. However, there have been a few case reports of individuals who developed sensory neuropathies at doses of less than 500 mg daily over a period of months. Yet, none of the studies in which an objective neurological examination was performed reported evidence of sensory nerve damage at intakes below 200 mg pyridoxine daily (24). To prevent sensory neuropathy in virtually all individuals, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine set the tolerable upper intake level (UL) for pyridoxine at 100 mg/day for adults.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-25 22:07:35 -0600 Report

I just went to go check how many mg I was taking and I feel stupid, I am taking B-12, not 6, thank goodness after reading all of the information I read from you. I am taking a B&C complex vitamin, but it doesn't say 6, and even so, I don't think that it would be much.
Thanks for all the info Mays! At least I am aware now.

:) Danni

MAYS 2010-02-25 22:20:44 -0600 Report

You're going to be just fine, your Vit. B-C supplements are fine, it actually takes a min. of 3 months to see significant changes for the better, keep up the good work !

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-25 18:13:32 -0600 Report

I load up with prenatals, vit b6 and vit C and potassium because of leg cramps. Its a rutine for me now.

MAYS 2010-02-25 18:59:01 -0600 Report

Did you know that large doses of vitamin B-6 can cause nerve damage and help speed up neuropathy ?
Vitamin B-12 does the direct opposite in large doses.
Rather than take potassium pills, a few bites of a banana daily will provide you with more potassium and other nutrients necessary to alleviate leg cramps.
" Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-25 21:16:48 -0600 Report

No way! That's insane, I had no idea about b-6. That can explain it, some days I take two pills too. Maybe that's why the pain started spreading past, like from my legs and feet to arms and fingers!? Thanks again, Mays!!

MAYS 2010-02-25 21:50:56 -0600 Report

Vitamin B12 deficiency

The most commonly acknowledged sign of Vitamin B12 deficiency is pernicious anaemia, caused by the production of large, immature red blood cells. Many other problems can be associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency though, including heart disease, diarrhoea, mental disturbances and various other nervous system dysfunctions. Chronic Vitamin B12 deficiency results in severe and permanent nerve damage.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency
Fatigue / exhaustion
Heart disease
Menstrual problems
Paraesthesia (pins & needles)
Depression and dementia (especially in the elderly)
Nerve damage

rankearl 2010-02-25 10:42:19 -0600 Report

i have always taken a multi vuit mineral i take extra vit c in the winter months it helps me hugs julie