Micronutrient status in type 2 diabetes: a review

Adv Food Nutr Res. 2014:71:55-100. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800270-4.00002-X.


Type 2 diabetes is characterized by significant losses of important micronutrients due to metabolic basis of the disease and its complications. Evidence of changes in trace mineral and vitamin metabolism as a consequence of type 2 diabetes is reviewed in this chapter. This review is not a meta-analysis but an overview of the micronutrient status, metabolic needs, and potential micronutrient requirements in type 2 diabetics. This chapter will not concentrate on vitamin D and type 2 diabetes as this is a topic that has been extensively reviewed before. The less well-known micronutrients notably zinc, magnesium, chromium, copper, manganese, iron, selenium, vanadium, B-group vitamins, and certain antioxidants are assessed. While some evidence is available to demonstrate the positive influence of micronutrient supplementation on glycemic control, much remains to be investigated. Additional research is necessary to characterize better biomarkers of micronutrient status and requirements in type 2 diabetics. The optimal level of micronutrient supplementation to achieve glucose homeostasis in type 2 diabetics remains a challenge.

Keywords: Glycemic control; Micronutrient; Supplementation; Type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Chromium / administration & dosage
  • Copper / administration & dosage
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Drug Synergism
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Iron / administration & dosage
  • Magnesium / administration & dosage
  • Manganese / administration & dosage
  • Micronutrients / deficiency*
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Selenium / administration & dosage
  • Vitamins
  • Zinc / administration & dosage


  • Biomarkers
  • Blood Glucose
  • Micronutrients
  • Vitamins
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc