Supplements That Diabetics Shouldn’t Take

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Diabetics supplements

People suffering from diabetes often try supplements to keep their blood sugar in check. However, it is essential to know that the natural remedies or supplements you are trying are safe and effective. However, health experts do not really encourage the use of supplements by people with diabetes as there is no research that guarantees their long-term safety and supplements are not as effective as diabetes medicines.

That being said, certain supplements in conjunction with diabetes drugs and a healthy lifestyle may help stabilize blood sugar and control risk for other related issues such as heart diseases. However, some supplements have no place in your diabetes treatment plan. Here are the supplements that aren’t recommended for you if you are diabetic:

1- Chromium:

Even though studies have suggested that chromium may help keep blood sugar in check, it will not help you if you aren’t deficient in this mineral. Chromium deficiency causes problems with glucose management and thus people with type 2 diabetes with deficiencies can benefit from it. Since chromium deficiency is not too common, it is recommended that instead of splurging on chromium supplements you load up on natural sources of this mineral such as green beans, whole grains, broccoli, and mushrooms.

High levels of chromium may harm the liver and kidneys and cause mood disruptions. Moreover, chromium may interfere with other medications such as beta-blockers and antacids. The standards of care review published by the American Diabetes Association in 2018 doesn’t list chromium supplementation as a possible treatment.

2- Vitamin E:

Even though some studies have found that vitamin E may help prevent heart disease, follow up studies have not been that promising. Diabetes increases a person’s risk of heart diseases and since vitamin E is an antioxidant, it may reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems. However, some studies have found that taking high doses of vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of death. Vitamin E which is found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, and vegetable oils is not a concern, so it is recommended that you stick to a heart-healthy diet.

3- Vitamin B:

According to a study, people with diabetes can end up with worse kidney function and a higher incidence of stroke when they are given B vitamins.

4- Magnesium:

High level of this mineral may cause calcium to be deposited on the arteries rather than on bones and this may lead to heart attacks.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions related to your diet or about ways to keep your blood sugar levels in check. You can find and book an appointment with top Diabetologists in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar through You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.