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Old 08-11-2017, 02:26   #1
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Although I realize we have discussed supplements multiple times in the past, I am back on a supplement kick and want to take a more serious look at the impact of some supplements on diabetes. I have been experimenting with a few to test results for me personally.

While researching online, these are some of the common supplements I have seen recommended for diabetics.
  • B-Complex Vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Chromium
  • Berberine
  • Chromium
  • Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)

For me, daily I take Berberine, Milk Thistle or NAC, Magnesium Malate, and most recently I added Gymnema Sylvestre.

Every now and then I remember to take a B-Complex and Turmeric (Okinawa Triple Turmeric +) and if I have gone days without being out in the sunshine, I will take Vitamin D3.

What supplements do you take daily?

Which supplements have you tried and not noticed any difference at all?

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I take:

Essential-1 w/ Vit D3-2000
Biotin
Astaxanthin
Omega-3
CholestaCare
Phosphatidyl Choline Liver & Brain
Amino Acid
Calcium w/ Magnesium
Cinnamon (Ceylon)
Co-Q10
Circulation & Vein Support

I may start on Tumeric. I really can't tell if they are working until I stop. That's when I notice, so I just keep taking. The one that is very noticeable is the Biotin. My hair is thinning, and I have lots of baby hairs. I have eyelashes I didn't have before. My nails are also very strong, plus the discoloration went away. I have pink healthy looking nails.

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I take a one-a-day Centrum 50+ vitamin...no more. Why no more? Because I have no idea what I'm lacking without some type of medical testing...which I'm not up for. You can putz around all you want with supplements...but unless you actually know what you're lacking, in my opinion...it's wasted energy and money.

Rubbing each other's feet on this doesn't support the science, either.

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I take none unless/until I find convincing evidence that BOTH I appear to need supplementation and the processed supplement as sold is efficacious. I won't take combinations because that completely obscures and aforementioned.

Right now, nothing. But, I have taken D3/K2 which may have played a role in the near complete disappearance of painful arthritis in one knee. And occasionally zinc after taking a test that indicated I was low in zinc. Vitamin C occasionally if I feel upper respiratory problems coming on (like when the rest of my family gets a cold or flu), but that's getting more and more rare, and sometimes Betaine HCL when my digestion is sluggish because of low stomach acid. That last one also seems to resolve itself after a short period of HCL.

All of these are temporary and I would never take any processed supplement every day without proof of both need and efficacy.

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All I know is that my blood sugar is 78 right now, so I am gonna keep on doing what I am doing.

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About the only supplement I take that has an obvious good effect on me is magnesium. Without it I have headaches 24/7.

I take calcium to help the absorption of the magnesium, and Vit D3 and Vit K2 to do the same for the calcium.

I also take antioxidents, like Vit. C and others from time to time.
and Omega 3 oil.
and Ox Bile after fatty meals because I don't have a gallbladder

I don't take anything specifically for diabetes.

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I've actually cut out some of the supplements I've never really been a vitamin/supplement person until I was in my early 50's. I had to list all the supplements I was taking and doc really didn't comment.

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I've actually cut out some of the supplements I've never really been a vitamin/supplement person until I was in my early 50's. I had to list all the supplements I was taking and doc really didn't comment.
I have been kind of on again off again, but this time I have found some that actually appear to make a difference.

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I would say that you are probably wasting your money. I asked both my current primary care physician and two ophthalmologists (a younger guy being supervised by an older guy at a teaching hospital) what if any supplements I should consider taking and they both/all said none!

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I would say that you are probably wasting your money. I asked both my current primary care physician and two ophthalmologists (a younger guy being supervised by an older guy at a teaching hospital) what if any supplements I should consider taking and they both/all said none!
I tend to need to find out for myself. Doctors often give conflicting opinions, especially when it comes to diabetes.

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