Type 1 Diabetes

Also indexed as:Diabetes, Type 1
Also known as childhood-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
SupplementAmountWhy
Alpha Lipoic Acid
600 to 1,200 mg a day3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with alpha lipoic acid may protect against diabetic complications, such as nerve and kidney damage.
Cayenne Topical

(Diabetic Neuropathy)
Apply an ointment containing 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin four times per day to areas of nerve pain3 stars[3 stars]
Topically applied capsaicin (from cayenne) has been shown to relieve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Chromium
200 mcg daily3 stars[3 stars]
Chromium has been shown to help improve glucose tolerance in people with type 1 diabetes.
Fiber
30 grams daily 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking fiber supplements may help to stabilize your blood sugar.
Magnesium
200 to 600 mg daily3 stars[3 stars]
People with type 1 diabetes tend to have low magnesium levels, supplementing with the mineral may reduce the risk of deficiency-related problems, such as eye damage and neuropathy.
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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2017.