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Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments' started by Craig1987, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Craig1987

    Craig1987 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I am 28yrs old - insulin dependent ( 4 times a day) - for the last 24+ years. I am debating whether to take Zinc Tablets. Can anybody confirm if type 1 diabetics are able to do so? Any information would be much appreciated.
  2. Lazybones

    Lazybones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can't see any problem, but someone who's Type 1 may already be taking Zinc and better able to advise. However I would think that you might be better if you took a balanced Multivitamin supplement that also contained Chromium as well as Zinc amongst the other multivitamins, as the combination of Zinc and Chromium are known to support each other and work together in aiding blood glucose take-up and update into body cells.
  3. ButtterflyLady

    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would get my zinc level checked with a blood test before taking it, as you might not need extra, and too much might be an issue. Your doctor can also advise you whether it's safe for T1 diabetics and ok with any other meds you might be taking. If you are having symptoms that you feel Zinc would treat, maybe you should ask your doctor about the symptoms.

    Multivitamins are not usually necessary and each ingredient is at a low level that may not treat an individual deficiency.
  4. Neemo

    Neemo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Craig1987,

    I'm also type 1 (for 20 years).

    I've used zinc supplement (tablets) for about 7 or 8 years with no adverse effects on BS.

    I take Zinc daily, and periodically take magnesium and vitamin b1 (fat soluble synthetic variation -
  5. tigerlily72

    tigerlily72 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I'm currently taking a zinc supplement vitamin tablet daily to try to avoid winter colds etc. I'm not a Type 1 and only recently diagnosed, and as far as a I know, as a Type 2.

    This is an interesting thread and I'm hoping I'm ok taking zinc. I have my first appointment with the diabetic nurse specialist this Friday so I'll check then.
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