Vitamin supplements

By jpwatso Latest Reply 2015-07-18 10:49:02 -0500
Started 2010-08-11 09:04:15 -0500

A friend of mine has alot of problems like diabetes and other issues. They tried this new vitamin and say that it works wonders. I am just curious because I have not read to much on vitamins with the metformin and other meds I take. Does anyone have any suggestions. Do I try it. I know I will ask my doctor but I am excited for them about the change in the energy they have and how it has taken alot of the pressures off. They even lost weight with these vitamins.

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pjd67 2015-07-17 11:57:52 -0500 Report

I have been taking B 12 injections because B 12 was low. I also take Metformin at least 8- 9 years. I have been having neuropathy in my left foot since 2008 . First diagnosed as sciatica pain. I still have numbness and tingling in that foot. Is it possible that Metformin could cause that? Not pleasant feeling…

GabbyPA 2015-07-18 05:13:11 -0500 Report

There have been some studies that say lack of B vitamins can cause nerve damage, and since you are taking b-12 now, perhaps it will take a while to improve. How long have you been taking the B-12?

pjd67 2015-07-18 10:49:02 -0500 Report

I took weekly for 1st month(4 times) then monthly injections for 4 months. I go back to my Dr. next month.She most likely will have more blood work done. My A1C stays around 5.9 to problem there.
I can tell no difference in my neuropathy. Only on occasion,I do have tiny electrical -like spurts. I do hope Dr. will give me good news. I will inquire about that new vitamin w/Metformin. Thank you Gabby.

MAYS 2010-08-16 21:04:54 -0500 Report

There are a lot of myths associated with vitamins and minerals. for every pro, there is a con, everyone has an opinion based on personal use.

Do your research into the roles of vitamins and minerals, which ones are lacking in your diet for whatever reason and need to be supplemented, remember they all work together, and need one another.

If you can get them naturally by consuming fresh fruits and vegetables raw, then do so, otherwise add supplements to your diet.

There is no one miracle vitamin or mineral, they are all apart of a family.




Sharrina 2010-08-16 18:49:48 -0500 Report


Remember vitamins fall into two classes-fat soluable and water soluble. I would not take any vitamins I know nothing about. The key bone vitamins: Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin C.. Key bone minerals: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, fluoride.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-08-13 00:51:18 -0500 Report

I'd be interested in just what "new vitamin" they have tried and what "wonders" they have noticed. I've taken a good multi-vitamin for many years, and my doctors over the years always ask that when I first begin using them. Some of the other vitamins and supplements mentioned in the comments are good and work well too, but as has been noted, it is always necessary to discuss with the doctor first. Vitamins cannot replace a proper diet, and taking in excess and/or with other meds can cause serious problems.

YaYaSkidz 2010-08-12 14:30:47 -0500 Report

I never believed in the value of vitamins until my endo started me — first a multivitamin and Caltrate + D. 81 aspirin every morning. He tested my B12 after a few months and sure enough a non-exhistant level so monthly shots. He also prescribed Niacin 500 2x a day for my cholesterol numbers. My gastro guy put me on vitamins C and E, Milk Thistle and Fish OIl. All these things come to about $20-25 a month (mail order Puritan's Pride). Each one was added when the doc looked at my bloodwork and evaluated my symptoms. On my last bone density test I had a loss so they are testing my vitamin D and I may add more of that. Each time I add a supplement it has helped. For example, the B12 totally effects your neuropathy.

I didn't realize how much until this spring. Before surgery they took me off everything for two weeks in preparation. By surgery day, I noticed a difference in how I felt.

Now, my cholesterol is right on the money, my neuropathy is better, I have more energy and my liver numbers are back to normal. And yes, I now have a B12 level. YEAH!

I recommend supplements but not willy-nilly. Work with your doctor. Examine your labs, your symptoms and what meds you are on and make good decisions.

Good Luck all!

sugar momma
sugar momma 2010-08-12 09:23:00 -0500 Report

does anyone know about metformin causing vitamin b-12 deficiency? a new nasal spray is out that replaces the b-12 injection

kdroberts 2010-08-12 09:40:04 -0500 Report

It's possible that metformin can cause a B12 deficiency. I know there is a nasal spray for B12, I assume it works since it's FDA approved but nothing much else. Some people do not do well with nasal sprays in general though.

Anonymous 2010-08-13 09:20:32 -0500 Report

i have been researching—metformin can cause vitamin b-12 defeciency—-it should be checked yearly.. it can cause fatigue/peripheral numbness/bleeding/bruising.

GabbyPA 2010-08-11 20:54:22 -0500 Report

Read what is in the vitamin. The list of active ingredients is on the bottle(s) and you want to look at them individually.

I was doing a custom blended one from a research group that worked well, but it costs far too much. Over $100 a month if I do all 3 of the supplements. So you need to weigh things out. The other thing to watch is that when you take supplements, you are eliminating the "whole" food that carries it and all the other things that balance that vitamin and help it work well. So there is a lot of research to do before you just start taking things. I am not opposed to natural remedies, in fact, I prefer them. But just because it is natural doesn't equate safe. Just be wise in the use.

monkeymama 2010-08-11 22:22:12 -0500 Report

I agree with you here Gabby! I had a serious side effect to Statin drugs and my medical team suggested I try using the Omega 3 Fish Oil instead before having to look at other options. It has been an amazing and wonderful option for me. It has been doing exactly what we've wanted it to do; plus more with the added cinnamon. Adding another medication just took it to the next level of coming close to where we want me to be.

RAYT721 2010-08-11 19:12:41 -0500 Report

I don't know of any "bad" vitamins for diabetes except to avoid glucosamine (joints). I take a multi vitamin, calcium w/ D, fish oil, and cinnamon. I can't say anything about vitamins with diabetes meds because I am not on insulin or oral meds for diabetes. Perhaps others can share more insight for you. And, don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call your doctor's office!!! Just tell them you're a patient without patience. :)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-12 08:21:22 -0500 Report

Ray why is glucosamine bad? My doctor put me on it for my RA.

RAYT721 2010-08-16 18:59:04 -0500 Report

When I discussed the concept with the Pharmacist that was what she'd said to me. She mentioned that glucose was a component of the supplement. I didn't pay much else attention to the topic because it didn't apply to me. I have selective hearing at times (ask my wife) but maybe I will dig deeper and let you know what I find.

RAYT721 2010-08-16 19:04:28 -0500 Report

Update: a quick google search does show this question asked and answered frequently. It appears that old animal based studies in the past showed abnormal results from glucosamine but newer research (people) dismisses the original findings. Looks like it's back on the safe list for diabetics and I am corrected from previous information that I shared.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-08-13 00:47:00 -0500 Report

I have been on Glucosamine/Chondroitin capsules for a number of years. Discussed with the physician first, and he had no problem with my taking it. Worked miracles for me and the excruciating pain I was experiencing in my hands from what he "thought" was something called carpal medicarpal arthritis. Can't tell you the difference it made for me.

bettymachete 2010-08-11 12:21:04 -0500 Report

I take a variety of supplements for different reasons but to get the things that I lack in my diet because of allergies. but I could get by on just a good multi vitamin, Krill oil, and Cinnamon.

outrigger1945 2010-08-19 08:30:45 -0500 Report

Why do you take Krill oil and cinnamon? I was going to take Krill tablets. I was listening to a medical webside and it said that it is way better then Omega3 fishoil

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