Myo-Inositol: Another Nutrient to Support Diabetes Management

Find out how myo-inositol support your diabetes management care plan.

What is Myo-inositol?

Inositol is a carbohydrate, produced by the body and found in some foods. Some consider inositol as a vitamin that belongs to the family of B-vitamins. Inositol is not considered an essential nutrient since the body can produce it. It is estimated that the liver and kidneys produce up to 4g of inositol in a day. Ninety-nine percent of inositol in the body is in the form of myo-inositol1.Intake of myo-inositol through diet is estimated to be up to 1g per day2. Myo-inositol is commonly found in fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and grains. Fresh vegetables and fruits contain more myo-inositol than frozen or canned products3.

How Much Myo-inositol Is In The Common Food We Consume3?

Benefits of Myo-inositol

Scientific studies to date have shown that myo-inositol can mimic the actions of insulin activity and may increase insulin sensitivity, leading to better glucose control. Myo-inositol has been shown to lower fasting blood glucose and HbA1c. Inositol has been used as a supplement in treating Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), metabolic syndrome, and gestational diabetes (GDM)4. There is growing evidence for inositol in improving glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes4

Consult your healthcare professionals on how inositol supplementation may support you in your diabetes management plan, together with diet control and medical intervention. 


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  2. Corrado, F., D’Anna, R., Di Vieste, G., Giordano, D., Pintaudi, B., Santamaria, A. and Di Benedetto, A. (2011), The effect of myoinositol supplementation on insulin resistance in patients with gestational diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 28: 972-975. doi:10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03284
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