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Minerals for Diabetics

Mineral keep our bones strong and our circulation and digestive systems working properly. For diabetics they also help the system respond positively to insulin and aid kidney function. Christine Gerstadt M.D., R.D. is a diabetes educator and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. She has this important information for Diabetics.

There are four mineral that matter most to diabetics in controlling blood sugar. If you have diabetes ask your doctor if you need to change your diet to include some of these foods, or if you need supplements. It might make a great difference in how well your diabetics is controlled.

Chromium is very important for helping your body respond correctly to insulin. It help control the processing of fat, carbohydrates and sugar. Daily dose is 25 to 35 meg, depending on age and sex. Chromium is found in onions, whole grains, eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, chicken and sea food. If you are not getting enough chromium in your diet, the doctor should prescribe a supplement.

Potassium enables glucose from food to enter your cells, helps regulate kidney function and blood pressure. The daily dose is 4,700 mg. Potassium is found in tuna. leafy greens, melons, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, asparagus, bananas and soybeans. If you have kidney problems, discuss it with your doctor. Kidney patients are often restricted in potassium.

Iron is very important to your bloods ability to transport oxygen. A daily dose is 8-18 mg. You will find iron in eggs, dark meat,enriched cereal products, and dried beans. Supplements are not usually recommended, unless you are vegetarian or pregnant. Too much iron can cause constipation or sluggishness.

Magnesium is essential for the body’s use of insulin and carbohydrates, and important for nerve and blood pressure health. Daily dosage is 310-400 depending on age and sex. Magnesium is found in spinach, black beans, chard, halibut, seeds and nuts. If your diabetes is poorly controlled, supplements may help.

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  1. Thanks for some very good information for diabetics.

  2. Thanks for some very good information for diabetics. Nice article.

  3. Minerals are found in vegetables and fruits, and we probably do not get enough. One thing I do to help get more minerals, is I buy and eat natural sea salt instead of processed salt. It tastes better than processed salt. Processed salt has the minerals all removed. It is important to get iodine, and they make iodized sea salt, but if it doesn’t say iodized on the label, it isn’t. Sea salt now is carried by grocery stores, but if yours doesn’t, you can purchase it at the health food store. There are different kinds and different prices. The color varies, too, as that is the minerals you see.

  4. These foods you mentioned, are all good foods to me, so to get minerals is easy…if we just eat some of these foods, thanks for a good share.

  5. I believe we should study hydrogenated oils further.They are synthetic to the human system and are said to block insulin from entering our cells and correcting our glucose levels.
    Ever since food processing manufacturers realized they could extend the use of many vegetable oils by injecting hydrogen into them, the birth of hydrogenation was born.
    Hydrogenated Oils: How Bad Are They for Us?
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5979182/hydrogenated_oils_how_bad_are_they.html?cat=5

  6. I believe we should study hydrogenated oils further.They are synthetic to the human system and are said to block insulin from entering our cells and correcting our glucose levels. Ever since food processing manufacturers realized they could extend the use of many vegetable oils by injecting hydrogen into them, the birth of hydrogenation was born.

    Hydrogenated Oils: How Bad Are They for Us?

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5979182/hydrogenated_oils_how_bad_are_they.html?cat=5

  7. Great facts. I had some supplements and since I read things, and have not Diabetes but the tendency to elevated blood sugar, I called the the company to see why they warned against chromium and found out just as you said that it can decrease the glucose levels. So thanks for sharing helpful info on the subject.

  8. Diabetes runs in my family-both sides. Thank you!

  9. Ruby, thanks for this information, so many people have diabetes, they will appreciate this information.

  10. Well thought of and nicely written, thanks for sharing.

  11. Thank you Ruby for sharing this information.

  12. Ruby, thanks for the information. I know a few people that should read your article, I’ll past it along.

  13. Ruby, thanks for the information. I know a few people that should read your article, I\’ll past it along.

  14. Ruby, thanks for the information. I know a few people that should read your article, I\\\’ll past it along.

  15. Very helpful to those who are willing to work on this problem.

  16. Helpful information. I hope I am getting enough for each one in my daily diet.

  17. Very good work good info succes

  18. I had been reading you, commenting as Socorro Lawas, my true name. I love your articles like this one: very helpful tips. I think that is the most important role we have as writers: to write for other people to help improve them. Thanks a lot. Have a nice day.

  19. Informative, especially helpful to those who suffer with diabetes.

  20. Top information. It is very good to know this

  21. very interesting post .thanks for share

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