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Has anyone had any experience with taking a chromium supplement?

 

I've been taking one (200 mcg once daily) for about 4 weeks. I believe it's been the source of some recent, almost daily hypo's... So I've had to progressively dial back on the insulin (down from 60 units of Humulin to 35 -- 40 to 25 Humalog) I've been taking.

 

The only thing that's changed in my diet is the chromium.

 

I've found some information online about how it can potentate insulin in people w/ type 2 or insulin resistance.

 

Does anybody have any personal experience?

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I take a chromium supplement every day along with my multivitamin. I've not went off it recently to see if it makes a difference, but when I was first diagnosed and started it, I could tell it helped lower my blood sugars.

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I saw this thread yesterday & decided to try it out...I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but I took my first 400 mcg chromium supplement at 4:30 or so...and about 1/2 an hour later, my blood sugar was 106 - much lower (at least 30 points lower) than it usually is at that time of day. Then it was fairly low after dinner as well...14 grams carbs - 133. However, it was a little high after an evening snack...around 15 g of carbs - 147.

 

I'll be interested in seeing if this is a trend that continues or if it does help.

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My Mom has been a nutritionist for about 40 years. She counseled a Type 2 diabetic who came into her store and he advised her he was having a difficult time stabalizing his blood sugars. She told him to take the (GTF) Chromium. At the time, he was taking insulin. She told him, he needed to monitor himself closely and consult with his Doctor with any changes in his blood sugars. He went back to my Mom's store (I'm uncertain how long after his initial visit) and advised her, he was taken off of his insulin. I was told, he maintained a strict diet but, the chromium made a huge difference in managing his diabetes.

I'm a Type 1. The chromium helps me but, I'll stay on insulin.

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I tried it for quite a while and saw no difference in my numbers. Also, my diabetes educator said that there was no evidence that it helped.

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I took chromium for several months but I saw absolutely no improvement in my blood sugar levels so I stopped.

 

Insulin has been the ONLY thing that has brought my blood sugar under control.

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I saw this thread yesterday & decided to try it out...I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but I took my first 400 mcg chromium supplement at 4:30 or so...and about 1/2 an hour later, my blood sugar was 106 - much lower (at least 30 points lower) than it usually is at that time of day. Then it was fairly low after dinner as well...14 grams carbs - 133. However, it was a little high after an evening snack...around 15 g of carbs - 147.

 

I'll be interested in seeing if this is a trend that continues or if it does help.

 

Pls keep us posted. I'm also really interested to see how it works!

 

If you google "chromium diabetes" you'll find various articles explaining how it's been found to reduce insulin resistance (which leads to D2), and more info on dosing.

 

I saw one article where they gave patients 800mcg daily, (2x 400), and other documents that say that 200mcg once daily is safe. Others that say there's no real risk of toxicity and there's no limit.

 

I'd say go w/ what the bottle says... but I was doing 800mcg for the first week. Now just 200. Yeah, I noticed a huge dramatic difference, but I started on a higher dose. And since switching to a lower dose, things haven't rebounded... I'm still taking far less insulin.

 

My Mom has been a nutritionist for about 40 years. She counseled a Type 2 diabetic who came into her store and he advised her he was having a difficult time stabalizing his blood sugars. She told him to take the (GTF) Chromium. At the time, he was taking insulin. She told him, he needed to monitor himself closely and consult with his Doctor with any changes in his blood sugars. He went back to my Mom's store (I'm uncertain how long after his initial visit) and advised her, he was taken off of his insulin. I was told, he maintained a strict diet but, the chromium made a huge difference in managing his diabetes.

I'm a Type 1. The chromium helps me but, I'll stay on insulin.

 

That's so awesome. And that's what I'm aiming for.

 

I take a chromium supplement every day along with my multivitamin. I've not went off it recently to see if it makes a difference, but when I was first diagnosed and started it, I could tell it helped lower my blood sugars.

 

Did you notice that your sugars creeped back up after a while, or stayed down?

 

I tried it for quite a while and saw no difference in my numbers. Also, my diabetes educator said that there was no evidence that it helped.

 

You should google it. There seems to be a lot more research about it than your diabetes educator is aware of.

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I use Innate Response Formulas "GTF Chromium" from 100% whole food not synthetic.

 

Over the years this one was the only one that ever helped me.

 

I still kept pumping insulin but my spikes and post prandial numbers were absolutely helped.

 

But I never received any response from just any type of Chromium.

 

GTF

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Has anyone had any experience with taking a chromium supplement?

 

I have not had any personal experience with chromium but I have heard of the potential benefits of vanadium as well. Have you ever tried that? I would like to. Garlic (raw), on the other hand, is an excellent immune builder and apparently increases insulin receptivity. Since eating raw cloves of garlic, I never get sick. I highly recommend garlic to diabetics.

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I've never heard of vanadium...garlic, on the other hand, I use all the time (not raw however.) I did notice that I got colds very easily before I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now that my blood sugar is more normal, I haven't had a cold once! (Now if I could just rid myself of allergies.)

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This is an oft-asked question around here, and I have posted my experiences (both personal and participating in a study) before, and to me it is worthless. Probably doesn't hurt anything as long as you don't overdue it, and at best it has a positive placebo affect.

 

The only caveat to what I say though is that if you are deficient in chromium, obviously adding it to your regimen will make a difference (as with any nutrient).

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Now that my blood sugar is more normal, I haven't had a cold once! (Now if I could just rid myself of allergies.)

 

You should try Apple Cider Vinegar. Supposedly helps with allergies. YOu would have to check how to take it (dilluted or straight). I would not recommend taking it straight. And be sure not to take it with other minerals or foods as they can minimize its affect. That is usually the problem with taking minerals and vitamins. THe reason why one may not work (chromium for example) is because other minerals and vitamins it is taken with act as a blockade. It is very tricky. Moreover, some minerals and vitamins can not be absorbed in the body when taken in the pill form. The best absorption occurs from eating foods high in the mineral or vitamin. Garlic, for example, has to be raw (not cooked, not in the pill form) for it to have an affect. Many do not realize this.

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I just take a clove or two of garlic and cut it into thin slices and place them on a cracker (or something). I usually do it before bed as the breath stinks afterwards. The next morning the breath is fine though.

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Yes, Garlic is very very good for health. It's used as a treatment to the new mothers for recovery after the delivery too. I should soon start taking both garlic and chromium. Anybody has reviews about 'Garlique' pill?

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Ok, so it's 10 days since I started the chromium & my numbers are better. Now, I did start cutting back on my carbs at the same time, but these #s are better than my #s were 6 months ago when I was even lower-carbing.

 

My fasting #s the last two days were 98 (an all time low fasting!) and 107. They had been running 140-160. (130-140 6 months ago) Now, I did have a larger-than-usual amount of carbs the night before and went to bed at about 190, I'll stay low-carb tonight & I'll see what it is tomorrow a.m. Possibly the higher bs at night cut out the dawn phenomenon, and it's not the chromium, but time will tell.

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Well, I went to bed at 157 & woke up at 125, which is still lower than the 130-140 6 months ago & much lower than the 160's I've been seeing lately, so I think the chromium is helping.

 

Waking up at 125 is a number I can live with, even if I did like that 98 a couple days ago!

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I have not had any personal experience with chromium but I have heard of the potential benefits of vanadium as well. Have you ever tried that? I would like to. Garlic (raw), on the other hand, is an excellent immune builder and apparently increases insulin receptivity. Since eating raw cloves of garlic, I never get sick. I highly recommend garlic to diabetics.

 

I've never heard of Vanadium before, but I'll google it and probably repost if I remember :P

 

I take an odourless garlic supplement, and eat the stuff all the time anyway. The supplement is the same as 6-7 cloves a day.

 

If you really want to boost you overall health, and aren't taking any BP meds, get some reishi. It's a japanese mushroom. Usually comes ground up in a capsule.

 

Amazing stuff. It's like ginseng in that it's an overall health booster without negative side effects. For me, when I take it...

 

Never get allergies, never get sick, breathe better, better circulation, and it actually inhibits the digestion of cholesterol in food, which is kinda gross when you eat a fatty meal and the fat comes out undigested...

 

It's also proven to lower BP (can screw with any bP meds you're on... don't mix), prevent plaque build up in arteries, and some say it even cures cancer.

 

Really amazing stuff. Google it. Then go get some.

 

RE chromium... my numbers have been getting better and better, no matter what I eat. I keep having to lower my insulin. My endo is gonna ****. lol

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A couple of days ago I had time to kill at the shops and decided to look at supplements: as part of my commitment to try various things to see firsthand if they help wtih health and diabetes.

 

I thought long and hard and ended up with a multivitamin (Swisse Ultivite), Fish Oil tablets and a Chromium supplement (400mg Picolinate).

 

I was going to stagger starting these but was too impatient :)

 

The fish oil I have been on before for a few months and found afte a while it may have helped a little with general energy and functioning. I expect nothing dramatic, just hopefully stockingup my omegas between eating fish and other sources.

 

Multivitamins I have also tried before. Never saw much effect. Thought I'd try the "Swisse" formula thing, possibly just reacting to marketing.

 

The chromium is through long seeing interesting snippets around on the net about it's affect in regulating BGs. And sich things as this thread.

 

3 days, and this is my impression sofar,

 

Yesterday and especially today, I have tended to go hypo, whih is especially unusual considering the warm weather here (which really make keeping things down very hard usually). This morning I went out for some quite carby breakfast which again generally means a bit of spike. I was amazed at how effetive my bolus was afterward. After puzzling for a while a *ting* light went on in my head, I remembered I had hastily taken the chromium an hour before when walking out the door.

 

After breakfast I was lightly hypoing, lunch bolus over effetive, and a temp basal of 80% for the rest of the afternoon was about right.

 

Two hours ago I went out to dinner and as a treat we decided on pizza. Now pizza is not always that bad but it's tricky for me and will always involve some early spiking and then at 3 - 4 hours, even employing dual boluses and the like. I really had a lot (great pizza) and garlic bread AND some desert. All up about 130g of carbs which usually spells doom for me.

 

However, great results, barely a spike.

 

I myself consider this all very anecdotal. But I wanted to post it and I will post more about how it's going. Unfortunately I am also generally cutting carbs at the moment so it will be hard to pin things on any one thing.

 

Another thing I found was that on getting on the exerise bike tonight I felt a lot more powerful, more even energy to access (I usually have fatigue problems and a real "wall" I must not cross or risk exhaustion, early on in any exercise). I felt like I could "push" myself a lot more. My heartrate only hit 115 when normally for the same exercise it would hit 135. I felt hardly any effect on stopping this 10 min ride compared to normally feeling stuffed. Strange things going on. Not at all simply attributing it all to Chromium, but the indications are fascinating.

 

It is worth saying I have big insulin resistance problems - have done since getting diabetes. I do not know if I currently lack chromium - 6 months ago I had it checked and I was apparently "normal".

 

I do wonder, (assuming the Chromium is playing a role here), if it may generally do much less for those without insulin resistance problems. Not saying that's the only differentiating factor of course, intrigued if it might be a factor, though.

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Just thought I'd add, the pizza I ate for dinner did come back to haunt me a little at the 6 or 7 hour mark. Could be for a bolusing misjudgement (probable) or for decrease in insulin uptake efficiency, not sure at all. In some strange way relieved - my numbers were really quite different today and it was almost reassuring to see something (not) work a little like normal :)

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Are we talking just plain Chromium or Chromium Picolinate and is there a difference in the two? I am just curious because I am considering buying some to try it out.

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I am not sure of the difference myself. I did see a couple of types, but went for the picolinate as it wasn't part of an overall formula. This may be common or just at the few shops I was looking. You can see possible short term effects on me, here and in the Log thread, I'll see if I can remember to post there if things continue to seem different since starting the Chromium.

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