Chromium Picolinate and Biotin help control diabetes in patients where drugs just arent good enough

January 11, 2007

Chromium Picolinate and Biotin help control diabetes in patients where drugs just aren?t good enough

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine treated 43 diabetics with a combination of 600mcg of Chromium from Chromium Picolinate and 2mg of Biotin daily. These patients were obese and the supplement was added to their diabetes prescription medicine because the medicine was not working well enough. Their glucose still ranged at about 200mg/dl or their A1C was over 7. A group of the patients randomly received inactive placebo. After 4 weeks the level of blood glucose was reduced during an oral glucose challenge and the level of triglycerides also fell. Fructosamine levels, a measure of blood sugar control over the previous two weeks also improved significantly. This pilot study demonstrates the need for nutrient support in diabetes. Preclinical studies have shown that chromium picolinate and biotin significantly enhance the uptake of glucose into muscle and speed up the disposal of glucose by the liver. The study is published in the December 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.

Herbs help lower blood sugar and the amount of medication needed in male diabetics

In this study researchers treated 60 male diabetics with a capsule containing a combination of bitter melon, black plum seeds, and fenugreek seeds for 3 months. The combination significantly decreased both fasting blood sugar and postprandial blood sugar. The patients were able to significantly decrease the amount of prescription medication needed to control their blood sugar at the 3 month period. The study is published in the Winter, 2005 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food