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my doctor is satisfied with my blood test numbers

A1C 6.4
Albumin 3.0
cholesterol 147 [from 247]
triglycerides 160 [from 207]
no sugar or liver byproducts in my urine.

but i would like to get my blood sugar numbers even lower. i take metformin once a day after dinner. 500mg extended release. i would also like to take a chromium supplement, to help lower my blood sugar. i understand that chromium will help further sensitize my insulin receptors, thus lowering my blood sugar.

i don't know when to take it?

would it be safe to take it with my metformin pill at night? OR should it be the first pill i take when i wake up in the morning? Or After my lunch?

Any Suggestions? Advice?

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Those that take metformin will address your timing question. Here is some information on chromium polynictionate.

This is from www.cellhealthmatters.com

Chromium Polynicotinate versus Picolinate
Chromium Polynicotinate has greater biological activity than other forms of Chromium, including sources from picolinate. CP helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and can be critical to the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and proteins. Chromium polynicotinate consists of pure niacin-bound chromium, identified by United States Government researchers as the active component of true GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor). GTF is responsible for binding insulin to cell membrane receptor sites. Chromium polynicotinate has been shown to possess greater biological activity than other chromium picolinate weight loss supplements.
Chromium Polynicotinate is a mineral required for regulation of blood sugar. It is involved in the metabolism of glucose and is essential for energy. The ability to maintain stable blood sugar levels is threatened by the lack of chromium in our soil and water and by a diet often high in white flour, refined sugar and junk food. Supplemental chromium has been used successfully to control cholesterol, promote the loss of fat and increase lean muscle tissue. Hoodia Slow carb formula uses a form of chromium that is readily absorbed into the blood. In fact, the niacin bound chromium is a much more effective form of supplemental chromium than the more common and cheaper chromium picolinate.
Chromium polynicotinate facilitates and/or stimulates the metabolism of sugar, fat and cholesterol in the body, as well as the function of insulin. Major hospital and university studies have suggested that supplementation with chromium may reduce body fat, help build lean body muscle, regulate blood sugar and lower elevated cholesterol, particularly in chromium deficient individuals. The polynicotinate and amino acid forms of chromium found in our Hoodia trim fast Slow Carb formulas are the most biologically active, most potent available.
Chromium plays a role in the metabolism of glucose, and is necessary for energy production. Since this mineral assists in the production of insulin, it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and can be beneficial both for people with hypoglycemia and diabetes. It is also crucial to the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins. Chromium Polynicotinate is more effective than any other type of chromium, as it binds the elemental chromium to niacin (Vitamin B-3). This provides a biologically active form of chromium, which is more absorbable in the body.
Chromium Polynicotinate has been recommended by the U.S. Government National Research Council as the superior and preferred form of chromium for bioavailability and biological activity, thus the reason we use this form of Chromium supplement (as opposed to picolinate) in our Hoodia Slow Carb special weight loss formula.
Deficiencies in chromium are rare because this mineral is readily available in the foods we eat. However when deficiencies do occur it may be associated with glucose intolerance and/or insulin resistance.
Is Chromium Safe and are there side effects?
The typical safe adult dosage of chromium is 50 to 200mcg daily, taken with food. However, those supplementing with chromium as part of a weight loss program have been known to take up to 400mcg daily.
It's very important not to take too much chromium, individuals who have exceeded 1,000mcg daily for an extended period of time have experienced kidney failure, liver dysfunction, anemia, renal failure, and blood abnormalities. Since chromium is regularly included in many multivitamins it's important to read the labels of all dietary supplements consumed to ensure safe chromium levels are not exceeded.
There are few side effects when supplementing with chromium, however some people may experience mild gastrointestinal upset.
Safety issues concerning the use of the picolinate form of chromium have been in question for the past few years. Aside from genetic damage, picolinate is known to "break off" from its chromium-bond and cause adverse effects. Chromium picolinate is a patented version of the trace mineral chromium. Picolinic acid is produced in the human body, apparently for the purpose of improving the cellular uptake of trace metal ions. Scientists have demonstrated that several minerals in picolinate form are better assimilated than most other forms of the same minerals.
Chromium polynicotinate is a well assimilated form which may have more benefits for certain conditions than does the picolinate form. Chromium polynicotinate seems to have some definite advantages over chromium picolinate, including even better bioavailability. It now appears that niacin-bound chromium is a safer form of chromium for supplementation. Some studies have also shown that niacin is necessary for chromium supplements to be of benefit.

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my doctor is satisfied with my blood test numbers

A1C 6.4
Albumin 3.0
cholesterol 147 [from 247]
triglycerides 160 [from 207]
no sugar or liver byproducts in my urine.

but i would like to get my blood sugar numbers even lower. i take metformin once a day after dinner. 500mg extended release. i would also like to take a chromium supplement, to help lower my blood sugar. i understand that chromium will help further sensitize my insulin receptors, thus lowering my blood sugar.

i don't know when to take it?

would it be safe to take it with my metformin pill at night? OR should it be the first pill i take when i wake up in the morning? Or After my lunch?

Any Suggestions? Advice?


I take chromium, normally with breakfast. I don't think the timing is all that important with chromium.

Just curious.....did your cholesterol drop 100 points just from diet? Or are you taking cholesterol medication?
Nick
Feb 17, 2010 - Initial A1C 9.3 Weight 238
May 26, 2010 - A1C 6.0
Aug 20, 2010 - A1C 5.6
Nov 19, 2010 - A1C 5.8
Mar 1, 2011- A1C 5.7 (No Meds)
Jun 3, 2011 - A1C 5.7 (No Meds)
Oct 31, 2011 - A1C 5.3
Nov 6, 2012 - A1C 5.3
Feb 18, 2014- A1C 5.6 Weight 199

Current Meds:
Metformin 500mg x 2

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I noticed that it seemed I was vomiting more on high doses of chromium- a nurse told me that the ch. picolinate is safer for the heart. I also take fish oil, I heard it can lower cholesterol

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this part of seagal's post seems important-
It's very important not to take too much chromium, individuals who have exceeded 1,000mcg daily for an extended period of time have experienced kidney failure, liver dysfunction, anemia, renal failure, and blood abnormalities. Since chromium is regularly included in many multivitamins it's important to read the labels of all dietary supplements consumed to ensure safe chromium levels are not exceeded.

I have taken 600mcg/day to lower my blood sugar quickly before

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Before dosing what may be a destructively large amount of anything, it might be good to know, by way of blood test, that you need it and what additional dose will keep you safe.
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I noticed that it seemed I was vomiting more on high doses of chromium- a nurse told me that the ch. picolinate is safer for the heart. I also take fish oil, I heard it can lower cholesterol



That is really interesting - I have a friend (non diabetic) just released from the hospital with heart palp. for a second time that woke her from a deep sleep and this time they claimed the chromuim was the culpret. I too had been looking into beginning to take it. It could always be that she was taking another medication that interacted...but now I'm completely puzzled. Interesting indeed. Can you tell a marked difference in your numbers when taking it vs. not taking?
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Metformin 500ER 1x daily as of 6/10/2010
Metformin 500 ER 2x daily as of 11/2011

A1C:
6.5 (Jan 2010)
6.7 (May 2010)
6.5 (Nov 2010) (I'm seeing a pattern here!)
7.5 !!!!! (Mar 2012) After increasing dosage to 2x daily SMH! - not seeing a positive change with Metformin, considering stopping it!

Having issues with DP and higher 2hrPP levels. helpful suggestions greatly appreciated!

Have a Blessed Day!! :)

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I started taking 1000mg/metforming and 600mcg chromium for about 2 weeks and my I lowered my fasting blood glucose over 20 points on a CVS meter. I also did at least 20 min/cardio running/day and cut out most of the sugars and soda in my diet. about a month later though I ended up with elevated AST/ALT liver levels




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