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Q. Are there any dietary supplements that could help reduce my risk?

A. Though preliminary studies suggest that some nutrients, including chromium, magnesium and vanadium, may play a role in glucose metabolism, “no one vitamin or mineral has been conclusively shown to have much of a beneficial effect on blood-glucose levels,” says Marion Franz, M.S., R.D., a nutrition-and-health consultant and diabetes educator in Minneapolis (who contributed an introduction to The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook).

“Your best bet is to eat a variety of healthful foods. If you feel you need a supplement, take any of the one-a-day formulas available over the counter. Check to be sure none of the vitamins or minerals is greater than 100% in the supplement,” Franz says.

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