In last month’s edition of Diabetes Bites, we asked for your opinion on the use of dietary supplements.
Here’s how you responded:
11% I think they are a complete waste of money
10% I take them, but have serious doubts about their effectiveness
37% I only take supplements recommended by my healthcare provider
41% I believe pretty strongly in the use of supplements
1% I couldn’t survive without them
Looks as though there is a wide spectrum of opinions on this topic. While there is limited evidence showing a direct benefit of any supplements on glucose control, there are some supplements that have health effects that may improve quality of life and help stave off long-term complications.
Vitamin D, for example, has proven benefits for improving immune system function and reducing harmful inflammation, particularly in those with low levels of vitamin D. If you would like to learn more about supplements, please reach out to one of our superb dietitians: SaRene Brooks, Dana Roseman or Jennifer Smith
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