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.