Research proves that sensible supplementation can help in managing insulin resistance.
Before going any further, let us talk about how our ancestors ate food. The hunter-gatherers had to run around naked (ensuring they got enough vitamin D from the sun) in search of food. They gathered omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and ate a diverse variety every day.
The traditional American diet now is high in sugar and processed food. In fact, most of us tend to eat the same kind of food every single day. Therefore, it is essential to supplement whatever is lacking so that your nutritional requirements are met and you can put up a brave fight against diabetes.
A MULTIVITAMIN SUPPLEMENT: Metformin, a medicine used to treat diabetes often interferes with the absorption of vitamin B12. Therefore, a little extra supplementation is never a bad idea. Today, most people are deficient in vitamin D. Therefore, supplementation with vitamin D also becomes a necessity.
The best strategy is to take a multivitamin every day and vitamin D supplement, once every week for three weeks. Discontinue the vitamin D for two weeks and then again consume for three weeks – once every week.
MAGNESIUM: plays an essential role in the regulation of blood sugar. High dietary magnesium consumption is linked to lower fasting insulin concentration and hence, a reduced risk of developing diabetes. It must also be understood that excess magnesium supplementation can lead to abdominal cramps and pains. Therefore, try and get all your magnesium from natural sources such as avocados, spinach, artichokes, etc. If you do need supplementation, limit it to 350 mg Per day.
VITAMIN D: Some physicians suggest vitamin D deficiency as the root cause of the development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Food sources of vitamin D include fish, cheese, egg yolks, and oysters. Weekly vitamin D supplementation is recommended if you are not adequately exposed to sunlight.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: We have discussed the importance of omega-three fatty acids in the previous chapters. If you are not consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids through food, choose supplementation using a well-known brand that can provide at least 600 mg or more of total omega 3s.
As a disease, diabetes is not at all hard to manage. All that is required is adequate nutrition, addressing stress factors, incorporating exercise and an impactful supplementation strategy.
It is not a life sentence, and proper medication, lifestyle and nutritional choices can help you live well with the disease.