Vitamin D is essential for keeping our bones healthy, but it also plays an important role in regulating blood sugar. Studies have shown that people with vitamin D deficiency who took a supplement improved their blood sugar control. Vitamin D supplements have been shown to decrease insulin resistance, which could cause fatty liver and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). Insulin resistance and fatty liver are particularly related.The objective of the present study is to examine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on blood sugar and different indices of insulin resistance in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Hundreds of dietary supplements, including herbs, vitamins and minerals, have been reported to have beneficial antiglycemic effects for patients with diabetes, although, in most cases, the tests are of poor quality. An analysis published in the journal Metabolism concluded that vitamin D supplementation may improve blood sugar and A1C levels in non-obese people with type 2 diabetes who are deficient. The recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 600 IU daily for adults under 70 and 800 IU daily for adults 70 years of age and older; some experts say that up to 2000 IU daily may be needed to maintain adequate vitamin D levels.Knowing which supplements help lower blood sugar can give patients a better chance of preventing diabetes. Before you start taking any diabetes supplement, it's important to know what you need and how much you need, which your healthcare provider can identify with a simple blood test.
Experts know that zinc is involved in regulating blood sugar levels and insulin activity, and that people with diabetes are more likely to be deficient in this mineral. Some blood sugar-related supplements can interact with certain medications and can have potentially dangerous side effects.If a blood test determines that you're short of more than one nutrient, taking a multivitamin or multimineral supplement may make it easier to treat those deficiencies. If you quickly visit the vitamin or supplement section of your local grocery store or health food store, you'll notice that there's often an entire section dedicated to blood sugar-related supplements. American ginseng, in particular, is an effective blood sugar regulator in healthy people and people with type 2 diabetes.
Little research has been done on chromium, but little available evidence suggests that chromium may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes. There is increasing evidence to support the role of probiotics in blood sugar control, heart health and gastrointestinal health.Folate supplementation is also believed to be a way to mitigate high blood glucose levels. Additionally, studies have shown that 48% of participants had an A1C that showed good blood sugar control after taking vitamin D supplements, compared to only 32% prior to the study. However, it's important to keep in mind that certain supplements can negatively interact with your medications and cause your blood sugar to rise or fall too high.