Multivitamin with omega-3s help normalize blood pressure and blood sugar

A fairly simple preventive health program reduced chances of progressing to diabetes, and improved glucose status in those with type 2 diabetes.

In this study, 1,018 participants with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes met with a health care practitioner to set individual health goals. All took vitamin D3 1000–20,000 IU daily to achieve the target serum level above 40 nanograms per milliliter of blood, or 100 nanomoles per liter.

Participants also took a basic daily multivitamin mineral, or a more comprehensive multivitamin with trace minerals, carotenoids, and omega-3s. After two years, vitamin D levels had increased for all participants, but only those taking the comprehensive multivitamin-mineral with omega-3s saw lower long-term average blood sugar levels, and lower levels of the inflammatory marker, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Overall, 44 percent of those with pre-diabetes and diabetes
who took vitamin D3 in combination with the multivitamin and omega-3 fatty acids (400 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA) returned to normal blood sugar levels.

The researchers estimated vitamin D3’s effect on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) and high-sensitivity C reactive protein was about one quarter to one third of the beneficial effect with the multivitamin and omega-3 fatty acids contributing the rest.

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