Understanding How Supplements Affect Your Blood Sugar Control

It is known that we can improve long term blood sugar control in many safe and effective ways.

It’s not always so strait forward, and as you age, and with variations in stress, or medical conditions, or hydration, it all can affect your blood sugar.

Consuming a healthy diet is one of the best ways to control your blood sugar. Digestion is the first step for processing our food into blood sugar, so if probiotics helps you have a healthy gut, it should also translate into a healthier blood sugar.

If you have nutritional deficiencies, such as Vitamin D or magnesium, this can also translate into poorer carbohydrate metabolism which can destabilize your blood sugar.

Exercise is very important as well. There is a direct correlation between fitness and blood sugar stability.

However, you do need to consult your physician if you are selecting actual dietary supplements to control your blood sugar. Some supplements actually have some sugar in them, but hopefully we mostly are avoiding those! Others have been studied in diabetics to be helpful, but may not have any real effects if you’re not a diabetic.

Some supplement products that claim to lower fasting blood sugar, and lower Hba1c levels may not have valid research to back up those claims. But there is some good research on chromium for diabetics.

Also it’s important for your physician to determine whether your supplements will affect any medications or hormones you are also being prescribed, which can happen with aloe vera and berberine both thought to be helpful in lowering blood sugar.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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