A tabletop-view of a doughnut, cubes that each have a letter that spells "Diabetes", measuring tape, glucometer and pen.
A tabletop-view of a doughnut, cubes that each have a letter that spells "Diabetes", measuring tape, glucometer and pen.

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that negatively affects blood sugar regulation. There are two primary forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually present at birth and results from genetics. Typically, type 2 diabetes occurs later in life and results from poor lifestyle habits. 

Without a complete and nutritious diet, individuals with diabetes might experience constant highs and lows in their blood sugars, which takes a toll on the body and can lead to complications. Focusing on proper nutrition is essential in managing diabetes.

Understanding Vitamins and their Roles in the Body

Vitamins help the body carry out several critical processes. The body creates some vitamins and ingests others from food. 13 essential vitamins come from various sources and have specialized roles in the body.

Your body absorbs most vitamins from the food you eat.

  • Vitamin A: liver, cod liver oil, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes.
  • Vitamin C: bell peppers, strawberries, oranges.
  • Vitamin D: fatty fish, beef liver, mushrooms.
  • Vitamin E: wheat germ, kiwis, almonds, eggs.
  • Vitamin K: leafy greens, pumpkins, figs.
  • Vitamin B1: yeast, pork, cereal grains, sunflower seeds, brown rice, eggs, liver.
  • Vitamin B2: asparagus, bananas, okra, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, fish.
  • Vitamin B3: chicken, beef, tuna, salmon, milk, eggs, broccoli.
  • Vitamin B6: chickpeas, beef liver, bananas, squash.
  • Vitamin B12: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk.
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): meats, whole grains, broccoli, avocados, yogurt.
  • Biotin (B7): egg yolk, liver, broccoli, spinach, cheese.
  • Folate (B9): leafy greens, legumes, liver.

Some of the functions that vitamins help within the body include boosting the immune system, reducing oxidative stress, and supporting metabolic function. 

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Importance of Vitamins for Diabetics

Two injections, a pen and a glucometer held in one hand, while the other hand has a bit of blood on the ring finger. Vitamins and minerals are crucial for maintaining overall health. Vitamin deficiencies are common in people with diabetes, and meeting nutritional needs can help effectively treat the disease. Some crucial processes that vitamins and minerals can impact in individuals with diabetes include reducing oxidative stress, keeping blood sugars regular, preventing diabetic neuropathy, and reducing insulin resistance.

Essential Vitamins for Diabetics

Some of the most critical vitamins for diabetics include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6

Vitamin D

Diabetic patients must ensure that their vitamin D levels stay high enough since low vitamin D may contribute to insulin resistance (when your body cannot use the insulin it produces). Only a few foods naturally contain vitamin D, so it can be challenging to increase your levels through diet alone naturally. Exposure to UV light from the sun helps boost vitamin D levels, but make sure to use sun protection if you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a dynamic antioxidant that helps to support a healthy immune system. It also helps to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which is essential for people with diabetes since it can help prevent diabetic complications like diabetic neuropathy.

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1 is vital for people with diabetes since it can help improve glucose metabolism (your body’s ability to use sugar for fuel) and may also reduce your risk of diabetic heart disease and reduce oxidative stress.

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 is also sometimes referred to as niacin. This vitamin helps manage cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of developing heart disease secondary to diabetes. The exact effects of supplementing niacin on individuals with diabetes remain unclear, so you should talk with your doctor before taking niacin since they can help guide you and recommend the proper dosing.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps your body release and utilize sugar stored in your body. It can also improve nerve health which is crucial for diabetic patients since they risk developing diabetic neuropathy.

Vitamin B12

The common diabetic medication, metformin, may cause vitamin B12 deficiency,1 so individuals with diabetes should ensure that their vitamin B12 levels are adequate. Low B12 levels can cause low energy levels, fatigue, and pernicious anemia.

Final Thoughts

Taking steps to ensure that vitamin levels are staying high enough can help diabetic patients manage their disease well and avoid complications down the line. You can supplement your vitamins with oral supplements or IV therapy. An IV therapy infusion effectively boosts vitamin levels by delivering vitamins directly to the bloodstream.

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Vitamin IV Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions

What is IV therapy, and how does it work?

IV therapy is a process in which fluids, vitamins, minerals, and/or medications are administered into the bloodstream via a catheter. The catheter is inserted into a blood vein, the IV infusion bag is hung over the patient’s head, and gravity slowly drips the contents of the bag into the patient’s bloodstream.

Who can benefit from IV therapy?

Individuals in many walks of life can benefit from IV Therapy, including:

  • Athletes wanting to recover from an intense workout quickly
  • Busy parents who need a natural pick-me-up energy boost
  • Individuals who struggle with low vitamin levels or digestive absorption issues
  • Travelers who want to overcome jet lag quickly
  • Individuals who want fast relief from hangover or stomach flu symptoms
  • Individuals who want a quick infusion of beauty-boosting vitamins and minerals

What types of IV therapy treatments are available?

Drip Hydration offers a wide range of IV treatment options. Our IV infusions contain vitamins, fluids, minerals, electrolytes to help address many health and wellness targets.

We offer the following IV therapy treatments:

  • Dehydration
  • Energy Boost
  • Hangover
  • Immune Boost
  • Stomach Flu
  • Myer’s Cocktail
  • Recovery
  • Beauty
  • Super Immune
  • All-Inclusive
  • NAD+
  • NAD+ Boost
  • Iron

What are the benefits of IV therapy?

IV therapy offers many potential wellness benefits, including:

  • Rehydration
  • Boost low levels of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes
  • Help boost immune health
  • Help provide fast relief from symptoms of hangovers, stomach flu, headaches, jet lag, and more

In addition to these benefits, specialty treatments such as NAD+ may provide additional anti-aging, metabolic, and neurological benefits.


[1] Bell, DSH. - Metformin-induced vitamin B12 deficiency can cause or worsen distal symmetrical, autonomic and cardiac neuropathy in the patient with diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2022; 24(8):1423-1428. doi:10.1111/dom.14734;