Type 2 Diabetes – Diabetes Medications and Vitamins B12 and D

Type 2 Diabetes – Diabetes Medications and Vitamins B12 and D

According to a study published in the journal Endocrinology Practice, in October 2011, a vitamin B12 deficiency could be a concern among diabetics taking the diabetic medication … metformin. The study, at Loyola University Medical Center, included 706 patients with Type 2 diabetes, followed from 2003 to 2009 …

34 percent of the patients were treated with metformin, and
35 percent had brittle bones.
Diabetics taking metformin had significantly lower levels of vitamin B12 than diabetics not on metformin. Levels of vitamin D were the same for both metformin users and non-users. Those with brittle bones were treated successfully with vitamin D, and metformin did not interfere with their treatment.

Low levels of vitamin B12 can cause megaloblastic anemia, a kind of anemia characterized by large, misshapen red blood cells. Signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency anemia include:

pale skin,.
a painful red tongue,.
bleeding gums,.
unintentional weight loss,.
diarrhea, or.
Having a deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause you to lose the protective coating around your nerve cells. Some people develop numbness and neuropathic pain because they lack a certain B vitamin. Sometimes its B6 but mostly its B12.

A blood test can be performed to discover whether anemia is present and, if so, if it is caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency.

A vegan diet has been shown to be helpful for Type 2 diabetes, but vegans must take steps to make sure they get enough vitamin B12. One simple way is to take a supplement in pill form. Vitamin B12 enriched foods are also available.

a 100 gram serving of Vitasoy fortififed tofu provides 39 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12, with 54 calories.
one veggie burger patty, with 124 calories, can supply 23 percent of your RDA of B12, but read the label. Not all brands are alike.
soymilk and certain cereals are also supplemented, and their vitamin content is listed on the package.
A healthful vegan stew can be made simply with your favorite canned veggie soup heated up with veggie crumbles. Try making a fruit smoothie with a variety of fruits and soymilk.

Savvyvegetarian.com offers a recipe for butternut squash tofu stew that also includes carrots, celery or fennel, jalapeno pepper, ginger, sunflower oil, cumin seed, coriander seed, turmeric, coconut milk, almonds and cilantro. From the same source comes a recipe for Greek tofu salad that also calls for wine vinegar, olive oil, basil, pepper, oregano, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and olives.

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