Vitamin E and Diabetes - Vitamin E for Lowering the Risk of Diabetic Complications

Diabetes is an insidious disease, and the complications of diabetes often don't seem to make a lot of sense.

Some diabetics don't manage their blood sugars very well, but don't get complications. Other diabetics tend to let their blood sugars run a little too high, but don't have complications ten, fifteen, twenty, or even thirty years after developing the disease. Part of the reason for these variations in diabetic outcomes is due to differences in the consumption of vitamin E and other antioxidants.

If blood sugar levels are left unchecked for years, diabetics often experience:

If you want to avoid these complications, you really need to keep you blood sugar levels in check all day every day of your life.

Blood Glucose Test Apparatus

But the simple fact is that antioxidants like vitamin E go a long way toward preventing the horrible complications of the disease, even if you blood sugar control is not perfect. Here are ten things every diabetic needs to know about vitamin E and diabetic complications.

Except as otherwise indicated, the usual dosage of vitamin E for diabetic support is 400 IU of alpha-tocopherol plus 400 mg of tocotrienols. If you take any medication to thin the blood, consult with your doctor before beginning vitamin E.

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