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May 2013

10th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Are there supplements that help to decrease insulin resistance? Are there supplements that can increase insulin resistance?

comments 1 comment - Posted May 22, 2013

December 2012

My Tricks for Great Holiday Eating

While daily meal planning can be tricky when someone in the family is living with diabetes, the holidays can be especially challenging.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2012

November 2012

Type 1 Onset Linked to Low Vitamin D?

A report in the December issue of the journal Diabetologia says that a study of 1,000 active-duty military personnel who later developed type 1 diabetes showed that low levels of vitamin D significantly increased the chances of developing the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 30, 2012

Deborah Grona: Dancing Back to Life

Deborah Grona hadn't danced with her husband in more than four years. "We fell in love on the dance floor," says Grona, who had been unable to dance, or even stand for short periods of time, since developing the chronic pain that comes with diabetic neuropathy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 15, 2012

Penny Hildreth: Finally Facing Diabetes

It was more than two decades ago, and Penny Hildreth was already feeling overwhelmed by life when she learned that she had type 1 diabetes. She was pregnant with her second child and worried about the baby’s safety after a car accident that had left Hildreth with a broken collarbone, a broken rib, and a punctured spleen. It was the spleen injury that ultimately led to her diagnosis of diabetes, but she was more concerned about the baby, a little girl who was born healthy despite the automobile accident. “I always say that she’s my miracle,” says the 46-year-old Portland resident.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 6, 2012

July 2012

A Food for Thought Issue

Over the years, Diabetes Health has covered a vast array of diabetes-related topics, from recipes and sex to celebrity interviews and scientific research. This issue is no exception-I think you'll find a lot to "chew on" here, especially in the three diet-related articles.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 12, 2012

April 2012

Vitamin Deficiencies in People With Diabetes: the Supplements You Need

As an orthopedic surgeon, I have many patients with diabetes who tell me, "I can't have surgery because I won't heal." That is certainly not the case, however.  Diabetes does affect the small blood vessels and the function of immune cells when blood sugar is high, but with proper nutrition and blood sugar management, people with diabetes are very safe to undergo knee replacements, abdominal surgery, and many elective procedures.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 28, 2012

January 2012

Dietary Supplements: Know Before You Swallow

A dietary supplement, also known as a food supplement or nutritional supplement, contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to supplement the diet by providing an element that might not otherwise be consumed. "Dietary ingredients" include vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, and metabolites. Dietary supplements, which may be extracts or concentrates, come in many forms, including tablets, capsules, soft gels, gelcaps, liquids, powders, and bars.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 7, 2012

February 2011

Medical Food Treats Neuropathy

Of all diabetic complications, neuropathy is one of the scariest and most difficult to treat. Nerve damage in the feet, leading to numbness or pain and, in severe cases, to foot ulcers or amputations, affects up to 60 percent of diabetics, according to recent research.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 17, 2011

Diabetes Superfoods

Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet? Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan? Wonder no more. Your list of the top 10 diabetes superfoods has arrived.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 7, 2011

January 2011

Vitamins C and E Affect Metabolic Syndrome in Ecuador

On the outskirts of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, meals are likely to be based on white rice, potatoes, sugar, and white bread. Given their reliance on high carbohydrate foods that are low in essential nutrients, many of the residents are overweight and malnourished at the same time.  The lack of vitamin C in their diet may contribute to metabolic syndrome, according to researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and the Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia. The researchers also concluded that vitamin E may have a protective effect against metabolic syndrome.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 18, 2011

October 2010

Vitamin D Linked to Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama recently announced that she plans to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation. If all goes according to her plan, childhood obesity will have dropped from the current rate of 32 percent to a rate of 5 percent by 2030. That rate of 32 percent translates to over 25 million obese children and adolescents, so a lot of attention has been given to examining the direct causes of childhood obesity, the factors that contribute, and the best ways to eliminate it altogether.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 14, 2010

July 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in People With Poor Diabetes Control

In a recent study of the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and glucose intolerance in people with type 2 diabetes, more than 90 percent of the type 2 diabetes patients were found to be deficient in vitamin D, with their control over the disease worsening as their deficiency increased.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 4, 2010

March 2010

Calcium May Help You Live Longer

A group of Swedish researchers has found that men who consume more than the recommended daily amount of calcium are less likely to die than their counterparts who consume little calcium. Their study, titled "Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intake and Mortality: A Prospective Study of Men," appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2010

September 2009

Why Low Vitamin D Raises Risk of Heart Disease in People with Diabetes

Scientists and healthcare professionals have known for some time that low levels of vitamin D almost double the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes. But until now, they haven't known why.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 8, 2009

May 2009

ADA Touts Its New List of Diabetes “Superfoods”

The American Diabetes Association has released a list of "superfoods" it says "have necessary nutrients for good diabetes management, including fiber, potassium, healthy fats, magnesium and antioxidants."

comments 22 comments - Posted May 5, 2009

April 2009

Really Great Diabetes Information, From Medicare of All Places

Well, this is a surprise. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 contains a little known section, Section 1013, that has actually led to something really useful: Up-to-date information about diabetes culled from real research and presented in language that we all can understand. Section 1013 authorizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to compare the effectiveness of different approaches to difficult health problems and to make that information accessible and understandable to "decisionmakers": that is, you, me, and our doctors. And diabetes is one of the difficult health problems to which the AHRQ is directing its attention.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2009

February 2009

Here’s a One-Two Punch for Lowering Blood Pressure: As You Reduce Your Sodium, Increase Your Potassium

Doctors often tell people with high blood pressure to decrease their consumption of sodium. Now researchers at the Loyola University Health System in suburban Chicago have found that it is probably wise to increase potassium intake at the same time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 4, 2009

December 2008

Vitamin D Extremely Important for Young Type 1s
Vitamin D Extremely Important for Young Type 1s

Researchers at Boston-based Joslin Diabetes Center report that almost 75 percent of children and teens with type 1 diabetes lack sufficient vitamin D. As a result, they are susceptible to bone problems later in life, including an increased risk of bone fractures.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2008

Good News for Older Men With Pre-Diabetes: Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance

Older men who are worried about insulin resistance can take heart from a Tufts University study which shows that higher than normal doses of vitamin K slow development of the condition. (Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body increasingly cannot use insulin properly and blood glucose levels rise. It is a major precursor to type 2 diabetes.)

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 8, 2008

September 2008

Vitamin C May Lower Diabetes Risk, While Gum Disease May Indicate It

Abundant dietary vitamin C may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, say researchers from the Institute of Metabolic Science at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

April 2008

Vitamins and Supplements: Taken For Health Or Taken For A Ride?
Vitamins and Supplements: Taken For Health Or Taken For A Ride?

Does anyone living in our well-nourished country, eating a reasonable diet, really need to take vitamins, minerals, or herbs? Should a person with diabetes take them? If so, which ones and how much? When it comes to supplements, the answers are often unclear.

comments 20 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2008

December 2007

Vitamin D May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Up to Forty Percent
Vitamin D May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Up to Forty Percent

Previous research has found vitamin D deficiency to be associated with impaired beta cell functioning and insulin resistance, and it's been suggested that vitamin D reduces the risk of type 2.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2007

November 2007

Cinnamon Again: What's It Do For Type 2s?
Cinnamon Again: What's It Do For Type 2s?

In a recent three-month study, 43 non-insulin-dependent people with type 2 diabetes were given either a daily dose of 1000 milligrams of cinnamon or a placebo.

comments 24 comments - Posted Nov 15, 2007

October 2007

Omega-3 Lowers Risk of Type 1 Diabetes by 55 Percent in High Risk Group
Omega-3 Lowers Risk of Type 1 Diabetes by 55 Percent in High Risk Group

Old-fashioned cod liver oil supplements in infancy have already been associated with a decreased risk of type 1 diabetes among Norwegian children, who are apparently given the omega-3-rich, albeit nauseating, tonic on a regular basis.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2007

Stevia and the Food and Drug Administration: A Tangled Tale

Stevia is a natural sweetener made from the leaves of a South American herb, Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf.

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2007

August 2007

Big News About Vitamin B and Diabetes

People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have about three-quarters less thiamine (vitamin B) in their blood than people without diabetes, according to new research out of Warwick Medical School in England. And it's not because they're not eating enough thiamine.

comments 5 comments - Posted Aug 25, 2007

Selenium May Set You Up for Type 2 Diabetes

Selenium has been touted as an anti-oxidant that may improve a variety of conditions from cold sores to arthritis; there are even a few ongoing studies that are testing it as a cancer preventative.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2007

July 2007

Cinnamon Puts the Brakes on Post-Pudding Blood Sugar Swings
Cinnamon Puts the Brakes on Post-Pudding Blood Sugar Swings

If you like cinnamon on your pudding, you could be in luck. In a Swedish study of fourteen healthy pudding-eating subjects, a teaspoon of cinnamon sprinkled on top dampened the post-meal blood glucose rises usually seen after a pudding fest.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 6, 2007

June 2007

Recent Research on Chromium Supplements: Some Work and Some Don't
Recent Research on Chromium Supplements: Some Work and Some Don't

In a recent Dutch study, researchers gave either a placebo or a daily dose of 400 micrograms of chromium in the form of chromium yeast to 57 obese, insulin-requiring type 2 patients with A1c’s above eight percent.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 25, 2007

Made From Gymnema Sylvestre: A pill that kills your taste for sugar, and an extract that reportedly cuts high blood sugar

A company called Sugarest has developed a pill made from the Indian herb Gymnema sylvestre that purports to deaden your ability to taste sugar, thereby rendering sweets tasteless.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2007

Eat Grain Fiber and Magnesium To Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Eat Grain Fiber and Magnesium To Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

More fiber from grains and cereals (but not from fruit and vegetables) and higher intake of magnesium may each be associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the May Archives of Internal Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 9, 2007

Chromium Doesn't Help Control Type 2 Diabetes in Western Populations
Chromium Doesn't Help Control Type 2 Diabetes in Western Populations

In a recent Dutch study, researchers gave either a placebo or a daily dose of 400 micrograms of chromium to 57 obese, insulin-requiring type 2 patients with A1c's above eight percent.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 3, 2007

May 2007

Cinnamon Sunk in Latest Type 1 Diabetes Study
Cinnamon Sunk in Latest Type 1 Diabetes Study

Back in 2003, a study in Diabetes Care showed that in thirty people with type 2 diabetes, one to six grams of cinnamon daily for forty days resulted in a drop in blood sugar levels, triglycerides, and LDL (bad cholesterol)...

comments 4 comments - Posted May 17, 2007

April 2007

Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Good for Diabetes?
Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Good for Diabetes?

The benefits of unsaturated fatty acids in your diet are well documented. Now research is looking into the effects of incorporating one of these healthy fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), into animal and human diets. CLA is present in dairy products and meat from ruminants and in very low amounts in our bodies.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Chromium Picolinate a Good Pick

A December 2006 review of clinical studies on chromium picolinate, published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, confirmed that chromium picolinate improves blood glucose control and lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

Pycnogenol’s Latest Bragging Rights
Pycnogenol’s Latest Bragging Rights

Upcoming research in the Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reveals that Pycnogenol (pik-naw-jin-all) that many-talented extract of pine tree, is 190 times more effective than the prescription medicine acarbose (Precose) in slowing uptake of glucose after a meal, thereby preventing after-meal glucose spikes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

March 2007

Glycerine and Exercise - Q&A

Q: I’m reading “The Diabetic Athlete,” by Sheri Colberg-Ochs. She writes that it’s good for diabetics to take some glycerol (glycerine) when exercising. Is this pure glycerol or is this in powder form? Here in Denmark I can get only the glycerol liquid, and I thought it was a constipation product.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2007

February 2007

No Clinical Evidence That Zinc Prevents Type 2 Diabetes, Says Cochrane Review
No Clinical Evidence That Zinc Prevents Type 2 Diabetes, Says Cochrane Review

Zinc plays a role in the synthesis and action of insulin in the body. Insulin, obviously, plays a critical role in diabetes. But does zinc, then, play a critical role in diabetes prevention? There’s no evidence of that, according to a review of the scientific literature published in January 2007 by the Cochrane Library, which found nothing to suggest that zinc supplementation is useful in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

October 2006

Addition of Chromium May Be the Right Mix for Sulfonylurea-Using Type 2s
Addition of Chromium May Be the Right Mix for Sulfonylurea-Using Type 2s

Chromium picolinate supplementation in type 2s already taking sulfonylureas significantly improves insulin sensitivity and glucose control. In addition, it also improves body weight when compared with a placebo group.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

September 2006

Vitamins & Supplements Research
Vitamins & Supplements Research

CAM Therapy Popular With Diabetics

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

Type 2s Not Getting Enough Vitamin D
Type 2s Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

Italian researchers say that approximately three out of every five people with type 2 diabetes show signs of vitamin D deficiency.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

Nutritional Supplements Specifically for Type 2s
Nutritional Supplements Specifically for Type 2s

Blaine Pharmaceuticals of Fort Wright, Kentucky, has announced the availability of its DiaSense family of nutritional supplements specifically for those living with or at risk for type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

May 2006

Chromium May Enhance Muscle Sensitivity to Insulin
Chromium May Enhance Muscle Sensitivity to Insulin

A study published in the February 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutrition says that chromium prompts muscles to become more efficient.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

March 2006

Supplement Addresses the ‘Root’ of Diabetes Problem
Supplement Addresses the ‘Root’ of Diabetes Problem

Insulow is an all-natural oral supplement that, according to its manufacturer, “addresses the root of the problem for diabetics and pre-diabetics: the correct balance between insulin production and glucose uptake.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

January 2006

Intensive Control Plus Nicotinamide Improves Control in Newly Diagnosed Type 1s

For people who have been newly diagnosed with type 1, Italian researchers suggest that intensive insulin therapy (ITT) coupled with nicotinamide for two years improves metabolic control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

It’s Good for Us
It’s Good for Us

Even though an adequate dietary intake of magnesium may alleviate the risk of cardiovascular disease, most Americans still consume magnesium at levels well below the recommended daily allowance (RDA).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

November 2005

Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L)
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L)

Banaba is a variety of crepe myrtle that grows in the Philippines, India, Malaysia and Australia. A tea made from the leaves is used to treat diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2005

September 2005

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Holy basil, or Ocimum sanctum, is an herb native to India and is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2005

May 2005

Ivy Gourd
Ivy Gourd

Ivy gourd (Coccinia indica) is a unique tropical plant that is a member of the family of Cucurbitaceae. It grows well in India and Thailand as well as in tropical areas such as Hawaii.

comments 6 comments - Posted May 1, 2005

Tips for Choosing Herbs and Supplements
Tips for Choosing Herbs and Supplements

Herbs, supplements and other nontraditional treatments have become increasingly popular. According to a study published in the February 2002 issue of Diabetes Care, people with diabetes are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicines than other healthy individuals. Are you tempted to try any? Here is a list of tips for you to consider before you do.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2005

April 2005

Nopal
Nopal

Nopal (Opuntia streptacantha), also known as prickly pear, is a member of the cactus family native to Mexico.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

March 2005

Asian Ginseng and American Ginseng
Asian Ginseng and American Ginseng

Ginseng is a root that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. There are two different forms that have been used for diabetes: Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) as well as American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L).

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Bitter Melon
Bitter Melon

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is also known as bitter gourd, bitter cucumber, bitter apple, karolla and karela.

comments 6 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

January 2005

Fenugreek
Fenugreek

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant product that has been used for a variety of medicinal and other purposes, and may be used in the treatment of diabetes.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2005

November 2004

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

There is growing interest recently in the potential benefits of using cinnamon for treating diabetes.

comments 30 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

October 2004

Thinking of Taking Supplements?

Here are some facts you should be aware of before you decide to take a dietary supplement for diabetes:

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2004

Thinking of Taking Supplements?
Thinking of Taking Supplements?

Here are some facts you should be aware of before you decide to take a dietary supplement for diabetes:

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2004

September 2004

Supplement of the Month
Supplement of the Month

As part of our Food for Thought section, we will begin profiling a nutritional supplement every month.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 1, 2004

July 2004

Calcium, Obesity and Diabetes

We have known for years that an adequate calcium intake can help prevent osteoporosis. Current research suggests it may keep waistlines trim as well.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

June 2004

How Seriously Should You Take Diet Pill Claims?

The next time you see or hear an ad claiming that some dietary supplement will help you lose 10 pounds in two days, take it with a grain of salt.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

April 2004

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush?

Mulberry leaves aren’t just for silkworms anymore: When fed to diabetes-induced rats, they have been shown to improve glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

May 2003

Synthetic Vitamin May Be Key to Blocking Diabetes Complications

German researchers propose that a synthetic derivative of thiamine, or vitamin B1, may be useful in preventing blindness, limb loss, kidney failure and other complications of diabetes that are caused by high blood-glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

January 2003

Made for Diabetes

Prepackaged one-day supplies of vitamins, minerals and alpha-lipoic acid in a mix that is said to benefit people with diabetes are available from Nature Made.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

Vitamin E Supplementation Is Ineffective in Some Cases

A recent study conducted as part of the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE) trial found that vitamin E supplementation had no effect on cardiovascular disease, other coronary risk factors, or kidney disease in middle-aged and elderly people with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

Made for Diabetes: Prepackaged Supplements Available

Prepackaged one-day supplies of vitamins, minerals and alpha-lipoic acid in a mix that is said to benefit people with diabetes are available from Nature Made.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

October 2002

Use of Alternative Medicine High in People With Type 2 Diabetes

The use of complementary and alternative medicine is higher than the national average in people with type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who presented data at the June 2002 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

September 2002

Niaspan Improves Lipid Profile in Type 2s

Extended-release niacin (Niaspan), administered in relatively low doses—1,000 or 1,500 mg per day—for lipid therapy is a treatment option for type 2s who exhibit the typical diabetic lipid profile of high triglycerides, small dense LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high free-fatty-acid levels and low HDL ("good") cholesterol.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

May 2002

Thumbs Up for Vitamin D

Giving a baby vitamin D supplements in its first year of life significantly reduces the child's chance of developing type 1 diabetes, according to a Finnish study. Researchers studied the effects of vitamin D supplementation on 10,366 children and published the results in the November 3, 2001, issue of The Lancet.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2002

March 2002

Can You Combine Lipitor With Vitamin-Supplements?

Q: My husband is on insulin and he takes Lipitor (a statin). To help with his diabetes, he has taken vitamin E (400 I.U. daily) for several years and vitamin C (500 mg daily). A recent news report said that taking vitamin E and vitamin C with statins could do more harm than good to the heart when taken in high doses. Are these doses that my husband is taking considered high? I also read that vitamin E is very beneficial to people with diabetes. Should he stop taking vitamins E and C?

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

January 2002

Vitamin Power

Short-term treatment with vitamins C and E lowers the urinary albumin excretion rate (AER) in people with type 2 diabetes who have micro/macroalbuminuria, according to a team of Danish researchers. In the September 2001 issue of Diabetic Medicine, they suggest that further long-term, large-scale studies of this albuminuria-reducing treatment modality are needed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

August 2001

Herbs, Supplements & Vitamins: What to Try and What to Buy

Everyone, including your neighbor, manicurist and racquetball partner, seems to be jumping enthusiastically onto the "supplement bandwagon." Should you and your diabetes climb aboard?

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2001

July 2001

Niacin Shown to Control Cholesterol in the Body

A recent study shows that taking extended-release niacin, a vitamin known to lower cholesterol, helps reduce risk of cardiovascular disease without affecting sugar levels in the body.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2001

June 2001

New Chromium Picolinate Supplement for People with Diabetes

Nutrition 21 has announced the introduction of a dietary supplement that has been shown to help improve the absorption of glucose in the body.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

New Vitamin Fortified Spring Water Now Available

Very Fine Products of Littleton, Massachusetts has announced the arrival of Fruit2OPlus, a new line of flavored spring water enriched with vitamins and herbs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

May 2001

Diet and Drugs Not 100% Effective in Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

For many people with type 2 diabetes, diet and medication alone are not successfully treating the disease, researchers announced on March 16 at the Diabetes Health Expo in Miami.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

A Link to Zinc

Could zinc hold one of the keys to a cure for type 1 diabetes?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

March 2001

Rooting For Your Health — American Ginseng Shown to Lower BGs in Type 2s by 59%

Studies are increasingly proving the benefits of keeping your after-meal BG levels down. Along with these results comes an interest among many with diabetes to help lower their glucose levels using natural substances.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

Glucophage Users May Have Low Vitamin B12 — Tums Could Provide Relief

A Tums a day could keep B12 malabsorption away, say researchers who studied the effects of metformin on vitamin B12 absorption. Metformin, sold under the brand name Glucophage, is an oral agent prescribed for type 2 diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

February 2001

Using Caffeine and Creatine in Your Workout

As a physically active individual in today's world, you are likely to be bombarded with all sorts of claims about nutritional supplements that will enhance your athletic performance. In reality, very few have been scientifically proven to have any effect on athletic performance.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2001

Vitamin Combo May Protect Kidney Disease

A healthy dose of vitamins may be a valuable tool in lowering urinary albumin excretion rates in people with type 2 diabetes. Unveiled at this year's August meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, a recent Danish study found that taking large daily doses of vitamins C and E significantly reduced short-term levels of albumin excretion in the urine (Diabetologia, Vol. 43, Suppl. 1, p. A36).

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 2001

‘E’ in Vitamin E Stands for Everything

In yet another study examining the benefits of vitamin E supplementation, researchers have proclaimed that routine vitamin E use may have a beneficial effect on the hearts of people with type 1 diabetes. They add that vitamin E should be considered a life-long part of a type 1's vitamin regimen.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2001

December 2000

North American Ginseng Works on BGs

Chai-Na-Ta Corporation of Langley, British Columbia, announced on September 12 that a research study using its North American Ginseng significantly reduced the blood glucose level of patients with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2000

Cinnamon Increases Metabolism Twenty Fold

"Taking a quarter to a full teaspoon a day of cinnamon, perhaps in orange juice, coffee or on oatmeal, may prevent or at least delay type 2 diabetes," say researchers at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's nutrition labs in Beltsville, Maryland.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2000

October 2000

Popular Dietary Supplement Helps to Keep Fat Off

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are saying a popular dietary supplement has been proven to reduce the amount of fat many dieters regain after losing weight.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2000

September 2000

Vitamin E Fights Diabetes On Several Fronts

High doses of vitamin E are shown to be anti-inflammatory as well as useful in reducing plaque formation in type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, administered a daily dose of 1200 IU of vitamin E (natural alpha-tocopherol) per day to 75 subjects in a clinical trial lasting three months.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

August 2000

Supplement Keeps Pre-Diabetic Condition Under Control

Chromium's effects on diabetes have garnered attention in the past, but a recent study shows its benefits can be felt before type 2 diabetes develops—and may even prevent it from ever occurring.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2000

June 2000

Should Ginseng be Taken Seriously as a Diabetes Treatment?—American Ginseng Reduces BGs by 20 Percent

Taking American ginseng before a meal can reduce blood sugar in people with and without diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2000

May 2000

Two More Diabetic Herbal Remedies Recalled

Two more herbal preparations containing a blood sugar-lowering prescription drug were recalled by two California firms. The recall action came just two months after the FDA issued a warning about five other herbal products that contained blood-sugar lowering drugs.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2000

April 2000

People with Diabetes Warned to Avoid Certain Herbs

On February 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned people with diabetes not to use five brands of Chinese herbal products. The FDA says that the herbs illegally contain the prescription diabetes drugs glyburide and phenformin which can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

February 2000

Supplements for People with Diabetes

Robert C. Atkins, the author of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, has not been a stranger to controversy ever since his first book was published 20 years ago. He continues to be controversial in his advocacy of dietary supplements and minerals in his diet plan. Many doctors are leery of supplements because they have not undergone the rigorous approval process that the Food and Drug Administration puts prescription drugs through. Yet, Atkins puts as much weight on supplements as he does on prescription drugs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

January 2000

Leading Prescription for Retinopathy in France Unknown in United States

Pycnogenol, the number one prescription for retinopathy in France, is unknown to many doctors in the United States who treat people with diabetes. French doctors swear by Pycnogenol's antioxidant powers, but most American doctors cannot even pronounce it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2000

Pancreas Tonic Looks for Credibility From Mainstream Diabetes Community

Pancreas Tonic, a new herbal treatment for people with diabetes, is drawing conflicting opinions from different quarters of the diabetes community. In 1999, Pancreas Tonic was hailed during an episode of the NBC television program EXTRA as "…the cure for diabetes" by William Taylor, MD, an internist. In additon, testimonials were given by people with diabetes who said that Pancreas Tonic really worked for the treatment of their blood sugars. According to transcripts from the EXTRA episode, Taylor added that Pancreas Tonic could be "one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the century."

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2000

November 1999

Which Vitamins Should I Take?

Q: I am a recently diagnosed type 2, 32-year-old female. My diagnosis was a real wake-up call and I immediately started eating better. I've lost 40 pounds and am continuing to lose weight.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 1999

Recommended Doses of Common Supplements

If you've studied the facts, discussed them with your health care team, and concluded that one or more of these supplements will benefit you, here are some suggested daily amounts, arranged as follows:

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

Not Enough Magnesium Can Lead to Glucose Intolerance

Researchers from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia discovered that a magnesium-poor diet increases insulin resistance in black Americans.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

People with Diabetes Have Higher Requirements for Chromium

Researchers suggest that getting less chromium than what you need may contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes over the long term. Rats given a diet low in chromium had insulin levels twice as high as a group of rats fed a diet high in chromium. The results of the study were published in the August issue of Metabolism.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

October 1999

Vitamin E Beneficial to People With Diabetes

Large doses of vitamin E may help normalize retinal blood flow problems and improve kidney function in people with diabetes, according to researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

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A Summary of Vitamin E Research for People With Diabetes

In a January 1991 issue of Diabetes Care, it was demonstrated for the first time that vitamin E in patients with diabetes reduces protein glycoslation, which is a process where glucose attaches itself to the hemoglobin inside your red blood cells, contributing to complications. Also, a study conducted by vitamin manufacturer Hoffman-LaRoche of Switzerland reported that doses as low as 200 IU of vitamin E significantly reduced glycoslation.

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September 1999

High Doses of Vitamin C Supplement Increase Blood Glucose Levels

According to the July issue of Diabetes Care, high doses of supplementary vitamin C may cause an unexpected elevation of blood sugar levels and false diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

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August 1999

Questions and Answers

Q: I have been taking vitamin E for over 10 years. I started on 100 mg., then moved up to 200 mg. About six months ago, I switched to 400 mg. Recently, however, I started having swelling in my lower legs and feet. I also started having blisters that oozed on my legs.

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Vitamins C and E Reduce the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women With Diabetes

Vitamin C and E supplements reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in women with diabetes.

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Fish Oil Supplements

Fish oil helps lower triglycerides, but does not interfere with diabetes control. High levels of triglycerides might be harmful to people with diabetes.

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement Beneficial for Type 2s

Lester Packer and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, presented research that demonstrates for the first time that free alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is detectable in nerves, and that its level does not depend on the route of administration, but rather on the treatment dose. The study also shows that blood levels of ALA do not reflect its concentrations in nerve or other tissues. The research was presented at the American Diabetes Association's scientific sessions in June.

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July 1999

Non-Chalky Calcium Chew is Chocolatey

You know you need a calcium supplement, but that awful, chalky taste just makes it unbearable. A new, chocolate-flavored calcium chew might make it more tempting. It's called Viactiv, and it comes from Mead Johnson Nutritionals.

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April 1999

Can a Vitamin Prevent Type 1?

B vitamins may prove to be more helpful than we thought they were. According to scientists, one B vitamin, niacin, also known as nicotinamide or B3, could even prevent type 1 diabetes.

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School Yourself on How Vitamins Benefit Diabetes Care

You rely on your physicians to recommend the best therapy, but how much do they know about vitamins and nutrition?

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February 1999

Vanadyl Sulfate Has Insulin-Like Qualities in Type 2 Patients

Vanadium, a metallic element found in humans, has insulin-like capabilities, according to recent discoveries. As a result, there is increased interest in using vanadium as a possible treatment for diabetes.

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January 1999

Vitamin E Proven to Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Complications
Vitamin E Proven to Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Complications

In a preliminary study conducted at the departments of endocrinology and neurology at Hacettepe University in Turkey, it was discovered that vitamin E supplementation could aid in the prevention of mild-to-moderate peripheral neuropathy in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

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December 1998

Herb Buyers Beware

Dori Linnell of Eureka, Montana, would do anything for Tel, her 5-year-old son with diabetes. With diligence, knowledge and love, she has kept his HbA1cs in the nearly perfect range of 6.8 to 7.0 %. Linnell is obviously doing what works but always looking for something that may work better. She read about BetaFast, a product that is said to help people with diabetes control their blood sugars. BetaFast is made from the leaf extract of the herb Gymnema sylvestre, a climbing plant found in India. Always a believer in herbs, she wanted to try it with Tel.

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Vitamin C Helps Fend off Kidney Disease in Individuals with Diabetes

Current evidence suggests that lipoproteins (such as LDL-cholesterol) need to be oxidized to cause atherosclerosis. Such oxidative stress appears to be increased in diabetes, which causes additional atherosclerosis.

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Prevention's Pick — Herbs with diabetes control

Prevention magazine's publication, 200 Herbal Remedies, linked the following herbs with diabetes control:

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September 1998

Herbal Fiber Controls Glucose

For centuries Middle Eastern cultures have been using the herb fenugreek to treat obesity. Nutricept, Inc. has applied this ancient knowledge to diabetes care, creating a new form of fenugreek in its product Limitrol. Limitrol is a dietary fiber supplement which can be taken as a capsule or a pudding.

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August 1998

Research Raises Eyebrows

It's impossible to pick out the "best" research, particularly when there is so much interesting scientific work to choose from. My choice of what to include in this report, while necessarily arbitrary, was guided by what seemed most interesting to me. So if you've been involved in a particular research project that I've omitted, please accept my apologies. Here are the new findings that I would like to share.

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May 1998

Vitamin C May Aid Blood Flow in Type 1s

The vitamin known for numerous health-related benefits may also aid circulation in patients with type 1 diabetes.

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February 1998

Vitamin E-xcellent

Recent research by Sven-Erik Bursell, PhD, of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston suggests that high doses of Vitamin E (1300 IU per day) alter the development and/or progression of diabetic retinopathy.

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October 1997

The ABCs of Vitamin Bs

B vitamins have been found beneficial for degenerative nerve diseases like diabetic neuropathy, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics vol. 34, No. 2 - 1996 (47-50).

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August 1997

Minimal Magnesium Makes Type 2 More Prevalent

Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for the digestion of carbohydrates. As part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, researchers evaluated magnesium levels in over 12,000 people and found over six years of follow-up that those with the lowest levels had a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While it is a reasonable hypothesis, there is no proof yet that magnesium supplements can decrease this risk or improve glycemic control for type 2s.

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May 1997

Lipoic Acid

Antioxidants, a main selling point for countless nutritional supplements and multi-vitamins these days, are drawing the attention of health experts.

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February 1997

The AHA Advocates Vitamin E in the Fight Against Heart Disease

A new study shows vitamin E reduces heart attacks by 75 percent. Results like this, and those from similar studies, have led the American Heart Association to name vitamin E the fourth most noteworthy health aid for heart disease in its review of 1996 research advances.

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January 1997

Vitamin E Kicks @$$!

It seems hard to believe that a simple, over-the-counter vitamin could greatly reduce the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, lower HbA1c levels and improve insulin sensitivity without anyone having noticed. But, until recently, vitamin E seems to have been doing just that.

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Could Vitamin B3 Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Could vitamin B3 help slow down, or possibly halt the development of type I diabetes? A recent study shows that when the vitamin is given at diagnosis it helps keep the remaining Beta-cells active.

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Review of Complementary Therapies for Diabetes, Including Ginseng, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Acupuncture

People with diabetes are taking steps to enhance their lives and feel better using complementary therapies in conjunction with their prescribed medical treatments. Practicing complementary therapy is a way of integrating non-western treatments with conventional medicine.

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July 1996

Vitamin C Lowers Blood Sugar In Type 2’s

Research from Finland indicates that high doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) helps people with type 2 diabetes maintain glycemic control.

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May 1996

Vitamin C Can Improve Circulation

Scientists have found yet another reason for people to take a daily supplement of vitamin C. Not only does it help to ward off colds, but the antioxidant vitamin C can improve the blood circulation in people with type 2 diabetes. As a result, vitamin C may prove to be a potent combatant against diabetes-induced vascular disease, which can cause retinopathy, nephropathy and atherosclerosis.

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March 1996

Chromium: Cause of Cancer Or Miracle Cure?

According to some reports, chromium picolinate can lower insulin requirements. In fact, some people swear by it, and there are athletes that take more than 800 mcg of the substance every day.

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February 1996

Letters to the Editor

To Listen is Divine

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January 1996

Antioxidants and Diabetes: The Latest News on Vitamins and Minerals

We live in a toxic environment. Much of what we consume is simply not good for our bodies-it builds up and eventually damages our health. Antioxidant vitamins-vitamins C and E, and beta carotene-may be what we need to "clean up" our systems.

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December 1995

Finland Study Proves Ancient Therapy (Ginseng) Works!

Ginseng, long used to treat a variety of ills, can reduce blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Ginseng is a plant extract that has been used for centuries to reduce fatigue and elevate mood.

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March 1995

Russia Studies the Ability of Children with Diabetes to Metabolize Vitamins

Thirty-five children, ages 9-13, with diabetes of varying severity were studied in Russia to observe their ability to metabolize vitamins.

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February 1995

Vitamin E Benefits Rats With Diabetes

Vitamin E may decrease the risk of developing some of the most common complications of diabetes, according to a study done at Joslin Diabetes Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Kyushu University in Japan.

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July 1994

Vitamin E Sales Spurred

The vitamin E market in the United States, estimated at $600 million in sales, has been growing at an annualized rate of 25 percent.

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March 1994

Leading Diabetes Pharmacist Talks About Daily Vitamin Supplements

Introduction: It was a long, difficult, and confusing road that lead me to the conclusion that as a person with diabetes (type I for 45 years), I should take vitamin, mineral, and trace element (micronutrient) supplements daily. My educational background, like that of most other health care providers, did not include much clinical information about the need for micronutrients. Most of the information presented concerned biochemical effects (the effects of vitamins on the chemical reactions of cells) or deficiency states due to an unbalanced diet. I can remember my professor summarizing vitamin use by saying "the vast majority of people in the United States don't need to take daily vitamin supplements, as long as they consume well-balanced and nutritious meals each day." He also emphasized the lack of long-term clinical studies about micronutrient supplementation. My professor categorized the people who probably needed supplements as: children during growth stages, pregnant and lactating women, elderly patients, individuals with specific vitamin deficiencies, patients with chronic conditions, alcoholics, individuals under stress, and those who did not follow a well-balanced diet. I added up all the people in these categories and realized that a relatively high percentage of the total US population might need daily supplements.

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Magnesium Deficiency And IDDM

Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is associated with altered electrolyte metabolism and a derangement of the parathyroid hormone (PTH)-vitamin D endocrine system. Twenty three children with diabetes were found to have lower serum values for calcium, magnesium, PTH, calcitriol, and osteocalcin than age- and sex-matched control subjects without diabetes. After patients were given magnesium orally (6mg/kg daily) for up to 60 days, concentrations significantly increased, reaching control values.

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Can Vitamin E Prevent Complications?

Thirty people with diabetes who require insulin, matched for duration of disease and metabolic control, were sorted into three groups of ten each. One group was given a placebo, one group was given 600 mg of Vitamin E and the third group received 1200mg of Vitamin E daily for two months.

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Can Vitamin B6 Deficency Cause Retinopathy?

Researchers in a Texas hospital report that patients treated with vitamin B6 over periods of 8 months-28 years have never developed retinopathy. Since blindness and vision are so important, they suggest the apparent relationship of a deficiency of vitamin B6 should be studied as a molecular cause of diabetic neuropathy (Biochemistry and Biophysiology Research Communications, August 1991).

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Do Diabetics Need Extra Vitamin C?

The tissue vitamin C level in adults with and without IDDM was measured before and after an above average daily vitamin C intake. Subjects with IDDM stored half as much Vitamin C as non-diabetics.

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August 1993

Possible Magnesium Deficiency in NIDDM

Magnesium appears to play a role in insulin resistance, carbohydrate intolerance, and hypertension. Is adequate magnesium is obtainable by following a nutritionally balanced mealplan?

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Letters to the Editor

Vitamin Crazy

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April 1993

Diabetes Linked To Vitamin C Deficiency

Researchers at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem have reported evidence that diabetes may lead to ascorbic acid (vitamin C) deficiency.

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December 1992

Vitamins and Minerals for Patients with Diabetes

Most patients with diabetes generally do not require routine vitamin and mineral supplementation, just like the rest of the population. However, based on the published medical literature, it would appear that some degree of supplementation with certain vitamins (e.g., vitamins C and E) and minerals (e.g., magnesium) may be worthwhile and become more commonly recommended in the future. The role of vitamins and minerals in controlling blood glucose levels in the patients with diabetes also is discussed.

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Vitamin And Minerals CHART

Vitamin - Effect

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