What mineral deficiencies can make my diabetes worse?

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Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Deficiencies in the minerals chromium and magnesium as well as potassium and possibly zinc may worsen your blood sugar control. You may have heard that supplementing with chromium or magnesium will improve your condition, but at this point the American Diabetes Association does not recommend supplementing with any of the minerals mentioned above. However, you may need to supplement if tests prove you are deficient. Blood tests can detect if you're low in potassium or magnesium, but it's harder to test for chromium and zinc.
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