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Are Supplements Helpful for Diabetes?
Published: 11/7/2012

Dr. Weil routinely recommends the following three supplements for people diagnosed with diabetes. They may help regulate glucose levels and promote heart health, both of which may be especially beneficial for diabetics. Talk with your physician about the best way to integrate these into your overall diabetes treatment program. 

  1. Chromium. A trace element that plays a role in blood sugar regulation, chromium works with insulin to help transport glucose into cells. Take up to 1,000 micrograms of "GTF" chromium daily.
  2. Alpha-lipoic acid. This antioxidant can enhance glucose uptake, inhibit glycation (a sugar-protein link that can damage small blood vessels), and help promote and maintain eye health. Start with 100 mg a day.
  3. Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant which may help maintain a healthy heart. Take 60-100 mg in a soft gel form with your largest meal.

Don't miss tomorrow's Daily Tip when we cover nutrition tips for managing diabetes.

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