- Chromium. A trace element that plays a role in blood sugar regulation, chromium works with insulin to help transport glucose into cells. Take up to 1,000 micrograms of "GTF" chromium daily.
- Alpha-lipoic acid. This antioxidant can enhance glucose uptake, inhibit glycation (a sugar-protein link that can damage small blood vessels), and help promote and maintain eye health. Start with 100 mg a day.
- Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant which may help maintain a healthy heart. Take 60-100 mg in a soft gel form with your largest meal.
Diabetes and Your Diet
- Eat more magnesium-rich foods such as spinach, tofu, almonds, broccoli, lentils, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Increase intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold-water oily fish, fish oil supplements, walnuts and freshly ground flaxseed.
- Choose foods that are lower on the glycemic index and have a low glycemic load, such as beans, lentils and whole-grain breads.