November is American Diabetes Month – a time to stop procrastinating and move forward. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled through lifestyle changes such as proper diet, exercise, and medication. Some supplements can help lower blood glucose in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes when glucose levels rise higher than normal.
- According to Consumer Lab.com, Cinnamon supplements may modestly improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, but only certain varieties have been found to have that effect.
- Magnesium supplements have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes, and may lower blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes or metabolic syndrome.
- Curcumin (from turmeric) may improve blood sugar levels. One study found that curcumin dramatically lowers the risk of prediabetes in slightly overweight middle-aged men and women with higher than normal glucose levels.
- Apple cider vinegar may reduce the rise in blood sugar that occurs after eating. If taken in pill or tablet form, it does not have the same effect.
- Vitamin D may reduce the risk of insulin resistance in people who are obese.
- Extra virgin olive oil when taken with a meal has been shown to reduce blood sugar spike after a meal compared to the same meal consumed with corn oil.
- Dietary fiber from cereal and grains is associated with reduced risk of diabetes and can lower fasting glucose levels and HbA1c in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Drinking whey protein before a high glycemic meal may also help to control glucose levels in people with well-controlled type 2 diabetes.
Taking supplements may help you control diabetes or prediabetes, however, due to the serious nature of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), you should consult your doctor before using any of them. Keep healthy and stay safe!
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