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Diabetes And Infections

How Diabetes patients can lower the risk of infections

Diabetes affects millions of Americans, and diabetes patients have an elevated risk of getting infections as well as other diabetes related problems.

But now there is some good news for diabetes patients: New research indicates that a daily multivitamin may be very beneficial for the health of people with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of diabetes), results when the body doesn't produce enough insulin or the insulin isn't effectively transferring sugar from the blood to the cells in the body. A sugar level that is too high can negatively affect various parts of the body, including the heart and eyes. 

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine studied the effects of daily multivitamin and mineral supplements in Americans between the ages of 45 and 64, 33% of whom had type 2 diabetes.

The results indicated that those with diabetes who took the vitamins were affected by far fewer infections than the diabetic participants who didn't take them. (These infections included influenza, respiratory, and gastrointestinal infections.)

The researchers concluded that the reduction of infections was most likely due to the influence of the pills on existing nutritional deficiencies that the participants had that were related to poorly controlled diabetes.

They also suggest that a multivitamin might be of benefit to people who are overweight, have diabetes, don't receive proper nutrition, or have underlying diseases in addition to the diabetes. 

So if you have type 2 diabetes, taking a multivitamin on a daily basis can potentially ward off diabetes related problems and generally keep you healthier!

Article courtesy of News Canada.

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