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chromium picolinate

I have type 2 diabetes (2 yrs).  My A1C is 7.6  I am presently using Levemir Flex Pen (22) before bed.  I take synthroid for hypothyrodism (10 yrs) and recently started taking crestor for high cholesterol (which is now within normal range)  I 58, female and over-weight.     Question:  I want to start taking 200 mcg of chromium picolinate to help with my diabetes.  Is this safe to take with the medications I am currently taking?  Also, when is the best time to take it.  I test my blood sugar every morning (fasting) and before bed.
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144586 tn?1284666164
The answer is yes. If you do so, you may require a little less insulin.

The thing is some diabetics respond to chromium and some don't.  The reasons for this are unclear. The Chromium sold in healthfood stores as Chromium (GTF) glucose tolerance factor is my recommendation.

The same time each day eary in the morning is best, at least in the beginning. That way you will be up and about to moniter glucose levels.

Waverider has the right info.
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141598 tn?1355671763
" Is this safe to take with the medications I am currently taking?"
Applies to: chromium picolinate, Levemir (insulin detemir)

MONITOR: Pharmacologic dosages of chromium (200 mcg/day or more for adults) may potentiate the hypoglycemic effect of insulin and oral antidiabetic agents. Chromium appears to play a role in normal insulin function and glucose utilization, and some investigators have suggested that it increases insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance and decreases blood glucose levels in certain diabetics, possibly those with low chromium levels. However, others have not corroborated these findings, and a few have even reported a negative effect on glucose tolerance and blood levels. MANAGEMENT: Until further data are available, therapy with pharmacologic dosages of chromium should be administered cautiously in patients receiving insulin and/or oral antidiabetic agents due to the potential for additive risk of hypoglycemia. Patients should be monitored for changes in diabetic medication requirements.
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