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Vitamins & Supplements


Now, I have to admit I’m not really a fan of vitamins and supplements, preferring to supply my players with a high quality nutritious diet and let my body and metabolism decide what it needs.

I also like to think I have a healthy scepticism, which applies to both modern drugs and herbal treatments.

So, like any good manager, I research the evidence and make my own mind up, before deciding to take any medication, be it herbal, nutraceutical or pharmaceutical.

Here are a few supplements I might consider if diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.


Alpha-Lipoic Acid for diabetic neuropathy

Found in red meat.

Dose: 600-800mg daily.
Precaution: Non

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Chromium to improve glucose control.

Found in wheat germ, brewers yeast and meats.

Dose: 200 – 400 up daily

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Magnesium – essential for glucose metabolism.

Found in green leafy veg, nuts, seeds and chocolate.

Dose. 300-700mg daily

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Manganese – Important for glucose metabolism. Low levels associated with diabetes.

Found in nuts, legumes, tea and coffee.

Dose. 30mg
Precaution. Can cause hypersensitivity reaction.

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Vitamin B12 for diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.

Found in eggs, dairy, fish and meat.

Dose: 1000 – 3000 ug daily
Precaution. Can cause diarrhoea and itching.

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Vitamin C to reduce glucose levels

Found in citrus fruits, berries, broccoli and peppers.

Dose: 1g daily

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Zinc for glucose control and wound healing

Found in Shellfish, red meat, turkey, beans and almonds.

Dose: 15-40mg daily

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