Some supplements people with diabetes should avoid

When used correctly, dietary supplements can help bring the body into a state of balance by addressing specific nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. However, as reported in Diatribe, these also come with risks, especially if you have diabetes.

Not only do some supplements have the potential to affect glucose levels, but they may also interact with diabetes medications, as reported by DiaTribe (USA).

Five supplements that people with diabetes should avoid are:

1.     Vitamin E: studies show that vitamin E interacts negatively with blood thinners by reducing the body’s ability to form clots, increasing the risk of bleeding. If you take any type of blood thinner, avoiding vitamin E supplements is wise.

2.     St. John’s Wort: those who take metformin should avoid St. John’s wort, as some studies suggest that it causes a build-up of metformin in the body, causing it to release more insulin, which may affect glucose levels. It should also be avoided by those taking blood-thinning drugs as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

3.     Ginseng: this may cause blood sugar levels to drop too low when taken with diabetes medications like insulin and metformin.

4.     Niacin (also known as vitamin B3): this raises glucose levels, making it a potentially dangerous supplement for those with diabetes.

5.     Chromium: this should be avoided if you take insulin, metformin, and other diabetes medications due to an increased risk of hypoglycemia.

While supplements can play a role in supporting overall health, people with diabetes should be cautious about the choices they make. Supplements and other herbal supplements should never replace medical treatment and it is always best to consult with a healthcare provider and to prioritise a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle factors to manage blood sugar effectively and reduce the risk of diabetes complications like heart disease.

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