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Are there any supplements that may help regulate my blood sugar?
Posted in Diabetes Type 2 by Dr. Sylver Quevedo on Jan 04, 2010
Yes! In addition to a high potency multivitamin and mineral supplement, there are two additional supplements in particular, that may help regulate blood sugar.

Of course, the following is not intended as medical advice. Always check with your [integrative] physician before altering your supplement regimen, and be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels frequently.

Chromium is essential for maintaining proper blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels begin to rise after you eat a meal, the pancreas secretes insulin in response. Chromium is a key nutrient in glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps insulin to transport glucose into cells.

There is also evidence that suggests chromium helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and may aid in weight loss, in addition to regulating blood sugar and insulin levels.

Any of the following conditions may indicate a need for supplemental chromium:
- Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
- High cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Ongoing stress
- Physical injury or trauma

Dosage: A typical supplement dosage of chromium is often 200-400 micrograms per day. However, you can safely supplement up to 1,000 micrograms per day if needed. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a key enzyme used by the body to generate energy in the mitochondria – the energy production factories inside each cell. ALA is also a powerful antioxidant that works to detoxify the body and protect cells against free radical damage. In addition, ALA is very unusual in that it is a “double-duty” antioxidant - working in both water- and fat-soluble areas of the body. Most anti-oxidants (such as water-soluble vitamin C – and fat-soluble vitamin E) function in only one area or the other.

ALA my be especially helpful for people with diabetes since much of the damage from diabetes results from free radicals produced when sugar in the blood binds with protein molecules – a process called glycation. Since the body produces only small amounts of ALA and food is a poor source, supplements are often recommended.

Any of the following conditions may indicate a need for supplemental ALA:
- Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Diabetic retinopathy
- High cholesterol and/or high triglyceride levels
- Cardiac disease
- Helps wound healing

Dosage: A typical ALA dosage is 600-1800 mg for blood sugar lowering effect.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Quevedo
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What about possible kidney damage from prolonged (6 mo. or more) use of chromium?

And I'm curious, what do you mean by [integrative] doctor (...Always check with your [integrative] physician before altering your supplement regimen...)
By MyTrueColors  Jan 06, 2010
Cinnulin can also lower blood sugar greatly for some. If you get K-R-ALA or Na-R-ALA, it is more stable (ALA will break down and is unstable in light). I think most simple ALA supplements are highly degraded by the time you use them.

By v00d00  Jan 04, 2010
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