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Question:

If I have diabetes, does taking chromium picolinate help lower my blood sugar?

Answer:

Yes
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MedHead Message:

First of all, PLEASE don’t stop your diabetes medications. If you are going to try chromium picolinate, do so only as an add-on to your other medications, not in place of them. The data is really scattered on this, but there seems to be an overall benefit with diabetes. It seems to lower you hemoglobin a1c by about 0.5 points, so it’s not going to be much. Start with 200-400mcg daily for at last 12 weeks.

References:

1. Asbaghi O, Fatemeh N, Mahnaz RK, et al. Effects of chromium supplementation on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pharmacol Res. 2020;161:105098. 2. Suksomboon N, Poolsup N, Yuwanakorn A. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of chromium supplementation in diabetes. J Clin Pharm Ther 2014;39(3):292-306.

 

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