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Managing Diabetes with Multi-Vitamins

~ by Jo Jordan

For many of us, multi-vitamins are an integral part of a daily routine - one of the mainstays of a regimen we've established to foster our overall health and wellness. But for people at risk of developing diabetes, as well as for those with pre-diabetes or diabetes, taking a multi-vitamin can completely change the rest of their life and the lives of their children.

It is a little known fact that if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, taking multi-vitamins regularly can decrease infection and the work absenteeism that often follows.1 Multi-vitamin intake can also alleviate a variety of diabetic symptoms2 such as excessive fatigue, frequent urination, and thirst.

Studies show that multi-vitamins help improve insulin action, response, and sensitivity; reduce insulin resistance and lower fasting blood sugar levels; alleviate the effects of damaging free radicals (unstable atoms); and boost the efficiency of glucose burning. 3

But there are other more surprising benefits to taking a multi-vitamin if you're diabetic or have pre-diabetes. Research illustrates vision improvement from the effects of diabetes-related macular degeneration.4 Multi-vitamins have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,5 and - perhaps most incredibly and importantly for pregnant women - multi-vitamin use reduces the risk of birth defects in children born to mothers with diabetes.


CDC Reports Multi - Vitamins Substantially Reduce Risk for Diabetes-Associated Birth Defects

Mothers with diabetes can reduce their unborn child's risk of birth defects by taking multi-vitamins, say the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC's astonishing findings determined that children of mothers with diabetes were four times as likely than those born to mothers without diabetes to develop birth defects.6 However, this fourfold risk was limited to the offspring of mothers with diabetes who didn't take multi-vitamins. Children of mothers who had diabetes, but who took multi-vitamins during the three-month period prior to conception weren't at excess risk for birth defects.

Diabetes-associated birth defects include anal atresia/stenosis (an absence, closure, or constriction of the rectum or anus); central nervous system, eye, foot, heart, respiratory, and urinary tract defects; cleft palate; and hypospadias (a condition in which the urethra opens on the under surface of the penis).

Through diabetes management that includes taking multi-vitamins before conception and early in pregnancy, the risk for developing these birth defects is greatly reduced.


Multi - Vitamins Help Reduce the Risk of Infection for People with Diabetes

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement usage reduced infection and its related absenteeism, especially in people with type 2 diabetes.7 In the study, only seventeen percent of the diabetics who took a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement came down with an infectious illness, compared to a ninety-three percent illness rate in those who didn't take a supplement.

Of the diabetic patients taking supplementation, none reported absentee days during the yearlong study, while eighty-nine percent of diabetic patients who didn't take a supplement experienced absentee days.

Immune functioning can be substantially impaired by even small vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Experts suggest that this intricate relationship between nutrition and the immune system is highlighted by the startling and overwhelming benefits of supplementation as demonstrated by this and other studies.


Diabetics Benefit from Multi - Vitamins - Compensation for Nutritional Deficits

Many factors make taking a daily multi-vitamin desirable. Aging takes a toll on the body's ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients. Dietary choices, health conditions, lifestyle, and/or medications also interfere with the body's ability to absorb adequate nutrition from food.

For diabetics and pre-diabetics - many being older adults already experiencing absorption issues - there's often the added complication of being on weight loss diets that are substantially deficient in the recommended daily vitamin and mineral requirements.

Many vitamins and minerals are closely tied with proper functioning of insulin and glucose metabolism. Yet an incredible ninety-seven percent of diabetics in a German study were deficient in three to seven nutrients of the twenty-two evaluated.8

What does this all mean for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes, and what can be done about vitamin and mineral deficiencies?


Puristat's Advanced Supplementation Helps Combat Diabetes-related Health Issues

Daily supplementation has been shown to alleviate diabetic symptoms; decrease infection; improve insulin action, response, and sensitivity; improve vision; reduce the risk of birth defects in children born to diabetic mothers; and fill in the nutritional gaps commonly present in pre-diabetics and diabetics.

In addition, the results of a large study conducted by the American Diabetes Association suggests that both calcium and vitamin D intake can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.9

To help combat diabetes-related health issues, take a daily multi-vitamin that contains:

Study results from a wide variety of research overwhelmingly supports dramatic improvement in the lives of both diabetics and their unborn children with daily multi-vitamin supplementation.


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Notes:
1. Laurie Barclay, MD, "Daily Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Reduces Infection in Type 2 Diabetes," Annals of Internal Medicine, March 3, 2003, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/450184 (accessed June 23, 2009).
2. Melissa Diane Smith, "The Importance of a Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement For People with Diabetes and Prediabetes," Diabetes in Control.com, June 21, 2005, Issue 26, http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2865 (accessed June 23, 2009).
3. Ibid.
4. Ibid.
5. Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, et al, "Vitamin D and Calcium Intake in Relation to Type 2 Diabetes in Women," Diabetes Care, March 2006 vol. 29 no. 3 650-656, http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/3/650.full (accessed June 23, 2009).
6. Adolfo Correa, et al, "Do Multivitamin Supplements Reduce the Risk for Diabetes-Associated Birth Defects?" Pediatrics, May 2003;111(5 Supple Pt 2) 1146-51, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/factsheets/pediatrics/Pediatrics_Diabetesvitamin.pdf (accessed June 23, 2009).
7. Laurie Barclay, MD, "Daily Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Reduces Infection in Type 2 Diabetes," Annals of Internal Medicine, March 3, 2003, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/450184 (accessed June 23, 2009).
8. Melissa Diane Smith, "The Importance of a Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement For People with Diabetes and Prediabetes," Diabetes in Control.com, June 21, 2005, Issue 26, http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2865 (accessed June 23, 2009).
9. Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, et al, "Vitamin D and Calcium Intake in Relation to Type 2 Diabetes in Women," Diabetes Care, March 2006 vol. 29 no. 3 650-656, http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/3/650.full (accessed June 23, 2009).


 
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