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Nutrient Therapy Lowers Blood Sugar for Those With Diabetes

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008

In a current study it was found that two nutrients known to participate in the body processes that control blood sugar levels are biotin (one of the B-group vitamins) and chromium (a trace mineral), were able to drop blood sugars and A1c by 1.76 percent. 
When it comes to blood sugar control, it makes sense to avoid eating too many foods that tend to disrupt blood sugar levels. This is particularly true for diabetics, whose bodies do not handle sugar well.

However, in addition to eating a carbohydrate-controlled diet, it can also help to supplement with certain nutrients that might help the body keep blood sugar levels in check. Two nutrients known to participate in the body processes that control blood sugar levels are biotin (one of the B-group vitamins) and chromium (a trace mineral).

Previous research has found that giving these nutrients in combination helped blood sugar control in diabetics. In this study, 600 mcg of chromium (in the form of chromium picolinate) and 2 mg of biotin or a placebo were given to a group of individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Although the treatment lasted only four weeks, the nutrient therapy led to significantly lower blood sugar levels overall after study participants consumed a glucose-rich drink. Individuals treated with chromium and biotin saw other benefits too, including a reduction in the levels of blood fats called triglycerides.

This study yielded promising results, but was somewhat hampered by its short duration and a relatively small number of subjects (just 43). More recently, 600 mcg of chromium and 2 mg of biotin were used again in a group of type 2 diabetics, this time for longer (90 days) and in a larger group of individuals (447) [2].

The individuals in this study had their blood sugar levels assessed in two ways: 1. By measuring fasting blood sugar levels 2. By measuring the levels of HbA1c (also known as glycosylated hemoglobin) that gives an indication of blood sugar control over the previous three months or so

In non-diabetic individuals, HBA1c levels are usually about 4 percent to 6 percent. Diabetics are generally considered to be doing well if they can keep their HbA1c levels below about 7 percent.

In this study, all individuals had HBA1c levels of 7 percent or higher, an indication that their diabetes was poorly controlled. All participants in this study were taking oral medication for their diabetes.

The results of this study were: Treatment with chromium and biotin brought about a significant reduction in HBA1c levels of 0.54 percent (that is, someone with an HbA1c of 7.54, on average, would have seen their level drop to 7.00). In individuals with an HbA1c of 10 percent or more, HBA1c levels fell by an average of 1.76 percent.

In the group as a whole, fasting blood sugar levels fell significantly (by an average of about 10 mg/dl or 0.5 mmol/l).
In individuals with an HbA1c of 10 per cent or more, fasting blood sugar levels fell by an average of about 35 mg/dl or 1.75 mmol/l.

These results, especially when taken in the context of previous research, suggest that a combination of chromium and biotin may be of considerable benefit to individuals with type 2 diabetes, particularly those whose blood sugar level is poorly controlled.

1. Singer GM, et al. The effect of chromium picolinate and biotin supplementation on glycemic control in poorly controlled patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized trial. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics 2006;8(6): 636–43

2. Albarracin CA, et al. Chromium picolinate and biotin combination improves glucose metabolism in treated, uncontrolled overweight to obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Source: Diabetes In Control: Diabetes/Metabolism and Research Reviews 2008; 24(1): 41–51

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