Some nutritional considerations for diabetes:
-Chromium helps insulin attach to cell receptors, which increases glucose uptake into cells. Chromium deficiency can cause insulin resistance.
-Biotin stimulates the Beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin in response to rising glucose levels.
-Magnesium deficiency lowers insulin sensitivity. (Don’t get magnesium deficient).
-Zinc is used for the production, storage and secretion of insulin. Zinc protects the beta cells of the pancreas from damage.
-Lipoic acid improves glucose uptake into skeletal muscle. Good for diabetic neuropathy.
-Cysteine is an amino acid that is needed to produce glutathione. The beta cells of the pancreas are vulnerable to oxidative stress (free radical damage), but glutathione protects the beta cells from this damage. Cysteine increases the antioxidant protection.
-Co10 protects the kidney from diabetic related damage.
-Glutamine helps regulate insulin secretion after meals. (By way of stimulating glucagon-like peptide 1).
– Carnitine reduces pain from diabetic neuropathy and improves insulin sensitivity.
-Inositiol may treat diabetic neuropathy.
-Vitamin C lowers HbA1c.
-Vitamin E protects pancreatic beta cells from oxidative stress.
-Vitamin D lowers risk of inflammation of pancreatic bets cells.
-Vitamin B3 (niacin) is part of glucose tolerance factor which facilitates insulin binding.
-Vitamin B12 gets depleted by the diabetes drug metformin, so B12 deficiency is common among diabetics.