Nutrient Depletion: Diabetes Medications

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes. Although some people with this disease can control it with diet and exercise, many are on medications such as Metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for those with type 2 diabetes. If you do have type 2 diabetes, walking 30 minutes a day can be very effective, especially when combined with a healthy diet. However, if you are one of millions who need the support of Metformin, you should know that it may cause depletions of important nutrients, such as: CoQ10: An important antioxidant, CoQ10 also acts as a cofactor in many metabolic pathways, particularly in the production of ATP. Vitamin B6: This B vitamin participates in over 60 enzymatic reactions involved in the metabolism of amino acids and essential fatty acids and plays an important role in the nervous system, cardiovascular health and women’s health. Vitamin B12: This vitamin acts as a coenzyme needed to form healthy blood and is vital for the nervous system. Folic Acid: Working closely with B12, folic acid is needed for the metabolism of amino acids and the synthesis of proteins. It also plays a crucial role in healthy cell division and replication, cervical health and preventing birth defects. To avoid these nutrient depletions, consider taking a quality multivitamin that will meet your B vitamin needs, as well as CoQ10 supplement.