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