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    Question Type 1 diabetes and supplements

    Im 21 and just have be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i work out regularly and most of the supplements that i wish to take have warnings for people with diabetes and whatnot. Is there any supplements out there that are safe for people who have diabetes?
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    Originally Posted by bradhat21
    Im 21 and just have be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i work out regularly and most of the supplements that i wish to take have warnings for people with diabetes and whatnot. Is there any supplements out there that are safe for people who have diabetes?
    I'm not sure if there are any supplements out there that are specifically formulated with people with diabetes, but I do know that one of the biggest dudes I know who used/uses supplements and probably even juice was a diabetic. Now, I'm not saying this is smart. I'm not sure what risks were involved, I just know he had diabetes and was able to supplement at the same time. I'll ask him about it and get back to you on it though. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
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    Originally Posted by bradhat21
    Im 21 and just have be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i work out regularly and most of the supplements that i wish to take have warnings for people with diabetes and whatnot. Is there any supplements out there that are safe for people who have diabetes?
    Well, my advise would be to talk to to your doctor about tis topic. I believe that diet is far more important than supplement, especially in diabetes. Just eat regularly, supplements for Type I diabetes can be more dangerous than for type II diabetes, but supplements like protein powder etc are no problem at all. However, since you are probably injecting insulin , it could be dangerous to use supplements that enhances your insulin sensitivity, and thereby destorying the balance determined by your doctor..
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    Originally Posted by bradhat21
    Im 21 and just have be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i work out regularly and most of the supplements that i wish to take have warnings for people with diabetes and whatnot. Is there any supplements out there that are safe for people who have diabetes?
    A lot of supplements affect the cells sensitivity to insulin or contain foodstuff that could upset your blood sugar level. It is therefor wise to discuss the use of every supplement, prior to using it, with your doctor, or if you have one, dietician. Most supplements can be used safely when they are used in the context of your specific diet. This is however not something you want to leave up to people who don't know your diet and situation. Many doctors will radically oppose supplementation, simply because they have some ubermensch complex after 7 or more years of college, so it is always wisest to get a referral to a dietician, and once you are settled into a good diet that works for you, discuss it with him or her.
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    in the case of type I diabetics, it is not so much a problem with insulin insensitivity, rather it is your body just doesn't produce insulin. In most cases the physiological amount of insulin needed for type I diabetics to dispose blood glucose is the same as a regular person, in your case you just have to use a needle instead of a pancreas. Perhaps something like Lipoic acid would reduce the amount of you need to inject by increasing the effectiveness of insulin mediated glucose transport, but like CAT said, you'll want to talk to your doc first and have a good few months to years of understanding your blood glucose and how to regulate it, as you no longer have your pancreas to set on autodrive.. you essentially have to take over the role of your own pancreas. The biggest short term danger of Type I, is that you overinject insulin or undereat on sugar as this can cause hypoglycemic shock, so for now, at least until you talk to your doctor I wouldn't take any supplements that affect blood sugar.

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    Added loss of insulin sensitivity can compound the problem ... so it is a concern nonetheless
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    Originally Posted by Big Cat
    Added loss of insulin sensitivity can compound the problem ... so it is a concern nonetheless
    i agree but this usually happens over a period of time, but it is not the cause of type I, I was merely try to better help him understand the mechanisms. I think we agree on this
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    It would be a tough case to argue otherwise now wouldn't it ?
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    Originally Posted by bradhat21
    Im 21 and just have be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i work out regularly and most of the supplements that i wish to take have warnings for people with diabetes and whatnot. Is there any supplements out there that are safe for people who have diabetes?
    Talk with your doctor, bring in all your supplements and go over them. Seems like most of the diabetic warnings are CYA to prevent people from thinking that some things are miracle cures.

    I *was* a Type 2 diabetic and thanks some hard work and time spent with my doctor I am now off my meds and showing no symptoms.

    Proper diet, exercise and supplements all played a role, but I have to say that the large large majority were diet and exercise.
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    I've been a type-1 diabetic since I was 2 years old. I started getting into fitness about 2 yeras ago(I'm 18) and my control has never been better. I've been using supplements(whey and creatine) for about 6 months and like I said before, my control and blood suagrs are great. I think the issue could be that some supplements could possibily increase inslulin sensitivity. Good luck and if you have any questions about diabetes just let me know...I'm happy to talk about it.
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