Diabetes! What essential nutrients are risk factors, can be associated with or even cause it?

Blood sugar testing - MSThere are many different essential and non-essential nutrients where a deficiency is associated with diabetes. Some of these factors are common.  Others may be relatively rare.  So which of these should I be taking, in what quantities and for how long?

The answer is, it is very hard to know without doing lab testing.  Find a health care provider who is trained and experienced in clinical nutrition and can perform the necessary diagnostic testing to rule each of the following possible candidates in or out.  Some of the nutrients have multiple tests available which are used in different situations and levels of deficiencies.  You don’t want an inexperienced provider ordering the wrong version of a nutrient test and getting a false negative result. (Where the test says that nutrient is normal, when your levels are actually abnormal.)

It is important to also be aware that starting any of these products may affect your blood sugar levels quite dramatically.  People can go into dangerous low blood sugar situations after starting treatment with the deficient nutrient while still taking diabetes drugs.  If you are on insulin or other diabetes medications, it may be necessary to adjust drug dosages.  When working with any of these products, is very important to monitor your blood sugar levels closely and work with the provider who prescribed the medications. 

Here are some of the essential nutrients that can cause, aggravate or just be associated with diabetes.

  • Zinc
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Vanadyl Sulfate
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin E
  • L-Carnitine
  • Taurine
  • L-Arginine
  • Glutathione
  • Fish oils
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • a-Lipoic Acid

This information is supplied for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose or treat your individual situation.  That requires working directly with a health care provider.

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