Are You Self-Medicating With Supplements?  

Are you falling short of some key nutrients with your diet? If you dislike certain foods that may be important for your diabetes management, are supplements the answer? Here’s a guide to

When To Take Supplements

Supplements have a very specific purpose. They help those with certain deficiencies get adequate amounts of the nutrient or may be recommended by your doctor if you have certain dietary restrictions that prevent you from getting the nutrient naturally through food.  

However, supplements are not a license to throw caution to the wind and eat whatever you like or give up on your fitness regimen. You still need to follow a diabetes-friendly diet and ensure you eat wholesome balanced and nutritious meals. They are typically prescribed after your doctor does a thorough check up, reads your blood reports from lab tests, and understands your symptoms and lifestyle. Supplements, as the name suggests, are designed to “supplement” a healthy lifestyle comprising an active routine, exercise, and a good diet.  

The Risk of Drug Interactions 

Do not self-supplement. This may actually be more damaging rather than being helpful if there is a drug-interaction. Always consult your doctor about what supplements are safe to take given your specific needs and the anti-diabetic drugs that you take as some supplements have a high risk of interaction. Some might affect your metabolism, others might hamper absorption of other nutrients or medication. 

Listen To Your Body: Quality > Quantity 

More supplements don’t equal better results. Rather, choose those that bridge the specific gaps in your diet or address issues that are specific to you. A one-size-fits-all solution isn’t the way to go. If possible, tailor both the dosage and the formulation to your body. 

Alternative Therapy and Cures For Diabetes

Unfortunately, while there are ways to help keep your glycemic levels in the normal range, there are no proven ways to “cure” diabetes.  

While you might turn to Ayurveda, herbal remedies, naturopathy, or homeopathy to supplement your allopathic management of diabetes, always be mindful of mixing too many different treatments. They might cause side effects or might negate each other’s efficacy. When it comes to effectively managing your diabetes, stick to well-established methods and follow your doctor’s guidance. If using alternative therapy, be sure to work with a trained practitioner with a proven track record.  


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