diabetic diva 1975
By diabetic diva 1975 Latest Reply 2013-02-28 14:20:16 -0600
Started 2013-02-21 22:12:32 -0600

Dr oz's show today was about a supplement called chromium. I have tried this in the past on my own(without the advice of my dr) to see if it might help metabolize some bg. I haven't had any luck tho. I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this supplement and what advice you might have. I'm not entirely sure I was using the correct dosage or even if I took it at the right time.

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diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-23 08:38:37 -0600 Report

There is some great info here. I guess it's trial and error for me. I was willing to try anything to get my bg levels down. My new eating plan has been helping as my numbers are down to 10 :). It's a daily struggle to resist the sugar but one day at a time is my theory.

GabbyPA 2013-02-22 12:35:39 -0600 Report

Chromium has to be coupled with Lizine (sorry, I cannot spell it) But if you go to a GNC they will explain that you have to have a certain kind of chromium and this other supplement to make it work as a weight loss or glucose aid.

sloane 2013-02-22 18:04:11 -0600 Report

That is truly a great post-as a pharmacist I can say that we all respond differently to drugs and supplements. My boys take chromium by itself and they feel it helps their BS Control. It also depends on the dose and manufacturer.

old biker
old biker 2013-02-22 07:30:41 -0600 Report

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me..Dr Oz is nothing more than a old fashion snake oil salesman.. I tried cinnamon plus chromium and then the green coffee bean extract.In both cases the results were the same.. Zip, nada, nothing..I no longer watch his show

GabbyPA 2013-02-25 00:06:53 -0600 Report

I had to laugh one day I was in the grocery store buying coconut water. They don't always have it, so I bought four. The cashier asked me if Dr. Oz had a show on coconut water because it was flying off the shelves. I had not seen the show, but buy it for my own electrolyte low carb replacement to sports drinks. I just thought it was funny.

manapua72 2013-02-22 06:30:07 -0600 Report

I have a giant bottle of cinnamon capsules that have added chromium from Costco … Took faithfully for months but couldn't notice in benefits … Though it might help others …

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-22 05:30:50 -0600 Report

My family physician said that he didn't think it was worth continuing if it hasn't helped In the three weeks I have been taking them so I stopped taking them. It was recommended by a pharmacist when I inquired about supplements that might help. I also have tried cinnamon and alpha lipoic acid and biotin and all four supplements have done nothing for me.

jayabee52 2013-02-22 01:44:29 -0600 Report

Howdy DD

I really don't think much of Oz as a good resource for good medical information. Because of his audience ratings, he is approached by all kinds of groups seeking his endorsement and he either has not done his homework on some of the things he has recommended. There have also been suggestions that he or someone in his organization has been paid off. One such reversal from his first opinion was late last year when he came out AGAINST organic foods, saying they were "undemocratic" and "eliteist" (or words to that effect)

Another beef I have with Oz is his propensity to suggest suppliments as quick fixes suggesting that doing that particular thing will give you the results you'd like without the work of doing it "old school".

If you want to play with chromium dosages, have fun, but like my own personal experiences with playing with cinnamon dosages (and even cinnamon capsules containing chromium) you may find out that YOUR own personal metabolism doesn't respond to chromium.



davidhogan 2013-02-22 18:54:31 -0600 Report

AGREED James and while I enjoy his show and do get some value from it, he needs a RED FLAG METER for all the times he says something is good for you on one day and then two days later tells you to avoid it.

I would also add that most studies I read on supplements do indeed show the participants lowered their BG from the placebo group, but it seems to always be a very insignificant amount.

I'm not saying we can't use every bit of help we can get but for me making healthy food choices has proven time and time again in my 11 years since diagnosed to make the MOST difference.

Lentyl 2013-02-22 19:18:07 -0600 Report

I don't have television so I don't see Oz. I suspect that at one time he had credability. I agree with you that making healthy food choices is the first line of defense.

I take supplements but not specifically because they are supposed to do wonderful things for diabetes. I haven't noticed any particularly earth-shattering effects so I don't bother about it all anymore.