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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Best Multivitamins for Diabetics

The diabetics cannot use the glucose for energy efficiently so the extra glucose stays in the blood. This could lead to high blood sugar making the diabetics vulnerable to develop complications. They don't give up however and they have tools in their arsenal to combat this challenge. What do they do?

Most of them eat healthy diets and try their best to lose weight. Some of them may need multivitamin supplementation though and this is why we are writing about this. Multivitamin supplementation may help a lot but we have to do it the right way. For one thing, talk to your doctor about this as he knows your over-all health condition.

What are the vitamins associated with diabetes?

Taking vitamin E may prevent damage to the kidney, eyes and heart as these are associated complications of diabetes. Joslin Diabetes Center says the extra 2000 mg of vitamin C may help with the problems the diabetics have when it comes to lower vitamin C levels. They say this may be due to the higher blood glucose levels that prevent the uptake of vitamin C.

The diabetics, especially the type 1s may have insufficient vitamin D so giving them a supplemental dose of vitamin D may make the use of glucose better and improve bone health in addition. It is also often recommended for the type 2 diabetics to take Chromium as this has been reported to lower the blood glucose level.

The diabetics have also been found to have lower lutein and lycopene levels so supplements on these may improve vision. In addition, these supplements will lower disease in the eyes. Then there are the supplements Omega-3 fatty acids that can help protect the diabetics against heart problems.

What is the best multivitamin?

Here are what a good multivitamin should contain. It should contain at least 50% to 150% of the daily value for each of the 15 kinds of mineral and vitamin:

Vitamin A

Vitamin B-complex (riboflavin, thiamine, niacine, B6 and B12

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Calcium, chromium and copper

Folic Acid and iron

Lutein and lycopene

Magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids


What are the recommendations as to dosage for men and women?

Of course a lot will depend on conditions, sex and age.

For Men:

vitamin A 900 mcg

Vitamin B-complex (riboflavin 1.3 mg, thiamine 1.2 mg, niacine 16 mg, B6 1.3 to 1.7 mg and B12 400 mcg

Vitamin C 90 mg

Vitamin D 600 to 800 IU

Vitamin E 15 mg

Vitamin K 120 mcg

Calcium 800 to 1000 mg, chromium 35 mcg and copper 700 mcg

Folic Acid 400 IU and iron 6 mg

Lutein and lycopene

Magnesium 350 mg and omega-3 fatty acids

Selenium 45 mcg

For Women:

It is the same amount as for the men for B6, B12, vitamins D and E, copper, calcium, folic acid, and selenium except for the following:

Vitamin A 700 mcg

Riboflavin 1.1 mg and thiamine, niacin 14 mg

Vitamin C 75 mg.

Vitamin K 90 mcg

Chromium 25 mcg iron 8.1 mg of iron, zinc 6.8 mg

Magnesium 265 mg.

It should be remembered that that there are other factors to consider when taking supplements. Check with your doctor for sure because overdosing on supplements is a no, no. They can become toxic then and get in the way of your medications. Also this should not replace the balanced healthy diets that we should all eat.

By Evelyn Guzman

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