By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-06-03 20:33:56 -0500
Started 2010-05-21 22:23:47 -0500

My name is Ray and I'm a workaholic. (hello, Ray)

I won't even go into all of the jobs that I have but I want to talk about one. I work part-time at Walgreens.

I had a few minutes to chat with the Pharmacist today about being a diabetic and asked about the vitamins that I take: multivitamin, fish oil, and calcium w/ D. She gave thumbs up on all of them.

The only thing she said to watch is glucosomin which she said could raise the blood glucose levels. Other than that she couldn't think of any vitamins that could conflict with my diabetes.

I hope to have more time to chat with her. Those Pharmacists have an amazing amount of knowledge. She gave me a package of information on her way out the door tonight. I haven't had the chance to look at it yet.

If you guys have any specific questions about vitamins, let me know and I'll try to get some answers. If the information package she gave gives insight, I will definitely pass the information along in a future post.

38 replies

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-05-26 11:55:19 -0500 Report

My doctor just started me on glucosomin & sulfate pills for my RA. My bs have been so high I have notice if they are making it higher... I guess I'll have to test that out!

Emma2412 2010-05-23 15:15:12 -0500 Report

I'm a firm believer in taking vitamins and minerals, especially as a diabetic. I also feel very strongly that diabetes depletes certain vitamins in our bodies. I think skin infections start in diabetics more readily because the disease depletes our bodies of such things as Vitamin A. So, everyday I take a very good multivitamin (I use Nutrilite, but that's not a recommendation. I just have found that Nutrilite vitamins are made under very strict processes and are very, very fresh. I really can feel the difference when I take Nutrilite vitamins as opposed to other brands you might, for instance, get on a supermarket or pharmacy shelf. Let us know what you read in the stuff you got from the pharmicist. I'm sure it'll be worth its weight in gold. I'm a believer in natural cures and treatments.

ForeverE 2010-05-26 22:23:07 -0500 Report

Hi Emma: Thanks for those articles you asked to look up . I thought I was over the menopause, but I guess not. I have almost all the symptoms they say on that artical. Especially stress. I will continue to look at that website as often as I can.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-05-22 22:57:09 -0500 Report

I guess I'm dumb as a box of rocks. I can't figure out what OTC's stands for.

RAYT721 2010-05-23 03:44:29 -0500 Report

OTC is the abbreviation for "over the counter," being medications that do not require prescriptions. Not knowing something doesn't make you dumb. The fact that you're asking, in my book, makes you pretty smart.

GabbyPA 2010-05-24 10:23:12 -0500 Report

I am sorry, I know I should not use abbreviations. I get lazy...forgive me? I remember I had to ask someone once about an abbreviation because their whole message was in "textspeak" I hate that. So I should know better.

RAYT721 2010-05-24 19:47:05 -0500 Report

LOL, Gabby. I'm ROTFLMAO on some of the things I read even in my business emails sometimes where I swear customers jaestdhttio (just abbreviate everything so they don't have to type it out). :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-25 09:31:22 -0500 Report

It's no wonder our kids can't spell! It knows no bounds. I can't believe it's in business emails...when it shows up in Webster's we are all doomed! LOL

RAYT721 2010-05-26 05:16:04 -0500 Report

WTH… I remember when I first learned how to type I sent out a letter without proof-reading. Instead of saying, "please feel free to contact me," I typed "please feel free to feel me." … :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 09:42:16 -0500 Report

OH! LMAO! That is just like me. My fingers type faster than my brain works. My trouble is that I can read a word even if the letters are not in I cannot proof read my own stuff. You can see my boo-boo's often on the posts. Thank goodness for the "edit" button!

Emma2412 2010-05-26 10:38:06 -0500 Report

And, gabby, what does LMAO mean? I'm old-fashioned. I type out everything in old-fashion English. LOL — well, almost everything!

RAYT721 2010-05-26 15:22:28 -0500 Report

So I worked at Walgreens last night and this dwarf came in and exclaimed, "I am NOT Happy." … I wanted to ask, "well, which one are you?"

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-27 05:15:38 -0500 Report

In a non-scientific study I've conducted over a number of years, I've found that most people can name six of the seven dwarfs. The one they always forget.?


GabbyPA 2010-05-26 20:19:21 -0500 Report

But she forgot the Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off = ROTFLMAO
I spell most things out too, but some are better left unspelled. :-)

RAYT721 2010-05-26 20:33:42 -0500 Report

what a sight… ME rolling on the floor!!! That in itself is a good reason to call to work letting them know that I'll be late.

GabbyPA 2010-05-22 19:32:57 -0500 Report

My pharmacist is one of my best friends. They give me more insight to my prescriptions and OTC's than anyone. I have been asking them questions for years now and they are wonderful with offering me alternatives to the prescriptions I cannot afford with OTC items. I could not live without them.

petals 2010-05-22 11:46:30 -0500 Report

Hello,Ray!!! I have a question about vitamin E, Last year during my mammogram there were 3 lumps found, had more test done , nothing to worry about at this time, just have to keep a watch on them. I was told to take vitamin E 800 units daily. But I am not sure why, I am taking them and I have noticed that my breasts aren't as tender as they were before. I hope that this doesn't bother you, this topic, if so I am sorry!

RAYT721 2010-05-22 14:38:01 -0500 Report


I believe that I have seen it all, read it all, and probably done it all… I just wish (at my age) I could remember it all. The funny thing is as a Photo Tech at Walgreens I get customers asking some odd questions of me. I don't think yours is out of line or embarrassing. I will ask Lori on the next shift we work together but I found this on which may answer your question…

Some studies have found vitamin E to have any protective effect against breast cancer, and many have not, but more recent studies are now finding that it is the form of vitamin E that makes the difference. It appears that the common form of vitamin E that you find in supplements and in most food sources, alpha tocopherol, is not protective against breast cancer (though it certainly is a very powerful antioxidant and needed nutrient). But women consuming other forms of vitamin E called tocotrienols have been found to have dramatically lower risk of contracting breast cancer - 50% less risk for women without family history of breast cancer, and as much as 90% for premenopausal women with family history.

The food sources of tocotrienols are rice bran, barley, and wheat germ. This is yet another piece of evidence about the benefits of whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat, barley) versus the refined counterparts. Actually palm oil is the best source of tocotrienols but palm oil sold in the U.S. is refined and as usual, refining removes the good stuff.

Does that help?

petals 2010-05-22 22:18:57 -0500 Report

Yes, this does help, thanks Ray!! I guess that I was so shell shocked that I didn't think to ask the doctor why I should be taking vitamin e. I am going to check mine when I get through on line and see if I am taking one with tocotrienols. You rock Ray!!

Emma2412 2010-05-23 15:19:19 -0500 Report

I only say that you should not stop at just taking Vitamin E. You should start doing research on how other natural vitamins and minerals really help in keeping our bodies in the best shape they can be — diabetes or no diabetes. Just remember to buy very fresh vitamins. I myself use Nutrilite, but it's not a recommendation. I just like Nutrilite because of its quality and freshness, plus the very "green" way it's manufactured.

petals 2010-05-23 15:32:05 -0500 Report

Emma, can you buy Nutrilite in the store or do you have to order it from some where? I also take calcium and fish oil supplements.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 10:40:39 -0500 Report

Look online for it. Just type in Nutrilite. You might be able to buy it locally if there's a distributor in your area.