Micronutrients & Diabetic Health

///Micronutrients & Diabetic Health

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a multi-faceted metabolic disorder. It is characterized by deficiencies in insulin secretion and/or insulin action. As a result, cells do not receive enough insulin for their energy and growth requirements and the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. Over time, glucose builds up in the blood and can lead to serious health consequences to the kidneys, nerves, eyes, and heart. The three main types of diabetes are:


Type 1 Diabetes

  • Also referred to as insulin-dependent or juvenile/childhood diabetes
  • Results from the body failing to produce insulin at all


Type 2 Diabetes

  • Also referred to as adult-onset diabetes
  • Results from the body failing to produce enough insulin, or failing to use insulin properly (insulin resistance)


Gestational Diabetes

  • Occurs when pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy
  • Usually resolves itself after the birth of the child, but may precede the development of Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes Statistics

The prevalence of diabetes continues to increase worldwide. In the United States, 25.8 million children and adults currently have diabetes, while 79 million more are pre-diabetic. These statistics display that over one-third of Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. (1)


Understanding Micronutrients

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals our bodies require for vital functions, and even moderate deficiencies of micronutrients can lead to serious health consequences. Micronutrients are essential co-factors for metabolic reactions and support basic cellular reactions required for life and energy production—including glucose metabolism and insulin signaling pathways. (2,3)


Diabetes and Altered Micronutrient Status

Scientific research concludes that diabetes can result in changes in certain micronutrients and alter the micronutrient status of people living with diabetes. (4) In addition, medications used to treat diabetes can increase vitamin and mineral requirements. (5)

As such, people living with diabetes are susceptible to multiple micronutrient deficiencies and are likely to have higher nutrient requirements. (5,6)


Key Micronutrients for Diabetic Health



This trace mineral plays a fundamental role in insulin function and chromium deficiency has been identified in some diabetics. (4,5)



This mineral is involved in over 300 enzyme systems in the body and is a key factor in the regulation of insulin. Magnesium deficiency has been shown to be common in diabetics. (4,5)



This mineral is associated with insulin function and hundreds of enzymatic functions in the body. Diabetics have also been shown to be deficient in zinc. (4,5)


Vitamin D

This vitamin helps regulate widespread functions throughout the body including blood sugar homeostasis. Diabetics have been shown to be low in vitamin D. (4,5)


B Vitamins

Niacin (vitamin B3), Thiamin (vitamin B1), Folate (vitamin B9), B6 and B12 are all important to metabolic, nerve and glucose functions that are vital to diabetic health and have been shown to be low in individuals with diabetes. (4,5)


Vitamin C

This antioxidant helps protect the kidneys, eyes and nerves. A water-soluble vitamin that cannot be manufactured or stored, and thus, must be consumed daily; vitamin C has also been shown to be low in individuals with diabetes. (4,5)



Folate supplementation may support diabetics by assisting in the reduction of homocysteine levels and may therefore offer an approach for lowering cardiovascular risk (CV) in patients with Type 2 diabetes (7). Oxylent® uses the methylated form of supplemental folate to offer a direct source of L-5-methyl-tetrahydrofolate, the active metabolite found in the body after intake of both supplemental and food folate. Research has shown ingesting folate in its most active form can support uptake by the body.


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  1. CDC 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet [accessed online]. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf
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  4. AD Mooradian et al. Am J Clin Nutr 1987; 45:877–895.
  5. Walker AF. Br J Gen Pract 2007; 57(534):3–4.
  6. Chehade JM, et al. Diabetes Spectrum 2009; 22(4):214–218.
  7. Clarke R, Armitage J. Demin Thromb Hemost 2000; 26(3):341-8.