Did you know that you might develop vitamin deficiency because of diabetes? Yes, that is possible. Not because the body does not absorb vitamins and nutrients well but because you aren’t allowed to eat all the fruits and vegetables that contain those nutrients. And some vitamins can help you to manage your diabetes. So, it is essential to know about those vitamins in detail. 

 Keep reading.  

Diabetes is a chronic endocrinal disease that affects your entire life. Not only do diabetes patients need to take blood sugar tests regularly, but they also are not allowed to eat several foods. As a result, their body can develop deficiencies in vitamins and nutrients. 

And several vitamins and nutrients can help to manage diabetes. Although, there is not much evidence available yet. But it is seen that managing diabetes becomes easier when you take the necessary nutrients and vitamins. So, you must fulfill the requirements of these vitamins and nutrients by taking supplements.  

These are the vitamins and nutrients you might develop a deficiency of when you have diabetes: 

  • Vitamin B1 
  • Vitamin B12 
  • Vitamin D 
  • Zinc 
  • Magnesium 
  • Chromium
     

Which vitamin deficiency affects blood sugar levels? 

Vitamin D deficiency affects blood sugar levels in the body. According to several studies, diabetes patients have low levels of Vitamin D in their bodies because vitamin D helps to maintain blood sugar levels in our bodies and improves insulin sensitivity. So that the chances of developing insulin resistance will decrease due to its deficiency.  

That’s why it is essential to avoid this vitamin deficiency in the body. You can complete the daily requirements by eating supplements or consuming foods high in vitamin D such as egg yolks, fish, dairy products, etc. You can also get regular sunlight for 15 -40 minutes daily to maintain its levels.   

Things to consider before taking supplements 

Before taking the supplements there are several things you should consider: 

  • First, talk to your doctor or health care provider. They’ll run some tests on you to diagnose your vitamin levels and tell you what vitamin deficiencies you have.  
  • Second, ask the doctor to make a diet plan for you. So that you can maintain your vitamins and nutrient balance.  
  • Make sure you only take supplements that are prescribed by your doctor.  
  • Ask the doctor to confirm that these supplements do not interfere with the body’s functions such as blood sugar level, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc., or medications that help to manage diabetes.  

The daily dose of supplements 

You can find out the daily requirements by taking a blood test and asking the doctor to make a diet plan for these supplements you need to take.  

The daily dose also varies if you get the specific vitamin from food. Because the body absorbs vitamins more from food rather than supplements. So, keep in mind, only use supplements when you don’t have the food or don’t take the food that contains vitamins that you need.  

 

Supplements that impact blood sugar levels 

Some supplements can impact blood sugar levels. However, research on these supplements is still not complete. But you should only take these vitamin supplements on the recommendation of your doctor.
 

  1. Chromium:  

The deficiency of chromium can lead to high blood sugar levels. Although it is rare- if you have a deficiency of chromium, you should take supplements. However, if you are diagnosed with kidney disease then totally avoid this supplement, because it can worsen your condition or lead to kidney damage.  

  1. Niacin:  

Niacin can affect your diabetes. Because niacin increases blood sugar levels if you are not eating anything. So, with diabetes, taking this supplement will only increase your problem.  

So, it is important to start taking these vitamins or nutrient supplements only when your doctor recommends you take them.  

Diabetes is a chronic disease that is hard to manage. You need to make dietary changes and lifestyle changes to manage it. And with these dietary changes, your body can suffer from vitamins and nutrition deficiency. So, it is important to manage those deficiencies by taking necessary food or supplements to fulfill your body’s requirements. So, ask the doctor to diagnose your nutritional levels and make a diet plan that fulfills all nutritional requirements.  

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