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Question:

From Kansas City, USA:

Can diabetics benefit from the natural herb of chromium picolinate?

Answer:

Certainly this is in the news a lot lately. Chromium picolinate is not an herb, it is a form of chromium, an essential trace mineral, which is bound to picolinate, a derivative of tryptophan (an amino acid). The jury is still out on using CrP, its shorter name, for individuals with diabetes. Certainly it is not recommended for those with type 1 diabetes.

For those with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, some studies have shown it may be helpful in obtaining better blood glucose control. But check with your doctor and any medications for diabetes should not be stopped just because you take CrP. If you do start CrP with an okay from your diabetes team, it is a good idea to check your blood glucose levels more frequently since some folks may need to decrease their oral medications for diabetes. Again, that is why your health care provider needs to know you are trying this. Keep in mind just because a small amount might be helpful, that does not mean a larger amount is better -- it can accumulate and be toxic.

LSF

Original posting 7 Sep 1998
Posted to Alternative Therapies and Explanations

  
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