In the last few weeks, our posts have provided a general overview of different vitamins and explaining why they are important for personal health. In today’s article, we’ll simply be summarizing how the various nutrients we have talked about interact with diabetes.
- Vitamin A: Experiments with lab mice have shown that this nutrient may be able to stop the development of diabetes type 1
- Vitamin B-1: Recent studies also suggest that high quantities of vitamin B1 may be beneficial for diabetics. This is because of one study which had moderate success reversing early stage kidney disease through the oral administration of this nutrient. Researchers are not entirely sure as to why this, but they suspect it has to do with diabetics having naturally low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1) in their body.
- Vitamin B-6: Diabetic individuals are known to have their neuropathic symptoms worsened by excessive amounts of vitamin B-6.
- Vitamin B-12: Vegetarians, individuals with pernicious anemia, and diabetics on metformin are all at a high risk for developing a deficiency in this important nutrient.
- Vitamin C: Clinical studies which gave test subjects vitamin C saw that they had a decreased chance of developing cataracts, while also preventing the development of severe AMD (Age-related macular degeneration).
- Vitamin E: This nutrient is an antioxidant which protects cells in the body from harm caused by free radicals. This is crucial because in recent years researchers have identified that many serious diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and diabetes develop due to damage inflicted by these compounds.
- Vitamin K: Studies conducted in the last few years suggest that this nutrient can be useful for both diabetics and prediabetics. With the former group, this nutrient helps them become more insulin sensitive; reducing the amount of medication they need to take to regulate their blood glucose levels. When it comes to prediabetics, vitamin K is thought to be effective in preventing the disease from developing in the body.