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I'm a diabetic teenager at the age of 15.

I was diagnosed with diabetes a few weeks ago..

Some of my really good friends suggested to me to take chromium pills with 1 tbsp cinamon powder every night before I go to sleep and also take Co Q 10 enzyme.

Is it ok to take this?

Will it help?

Your answers will be really appreciated.



Dear Kesh,

Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults.

In this form of diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin because the body's immune system has attacked and destroyed them.

Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. People can develop type 2 diabetes at any age-even during childhood.

This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which fat, muscle, and liver cells do not use insulin properly.

At first, the pancreas keeps up with the added demand by producing more insulin. In time, however, it loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.

Many researchers believe that a lack of chromium may be one of the causes of type 2 diabetes.

Chromium deficiency may cause insulin resistance, and supplementation with adequate chromium may overcome that resistance.

There are, however, other causes of insulin resistance that are not chromium-based and thus not overcome by chromium supplementation.

It is generally presumed that chromium supplementation is of no benefit to people with Type I diabetes, since their problem is insulin insufficiency.

Although this is the case, sometimes Type I is combined with Type II, and chromium supplementation helps the patient overall.

Studies to confirm cinnamon's beneficial actions in humans are currently underway with the most recent report coming from researchers from the US Agricultural Research Service, who have shown that less than half a teaspoon per day of cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels in persons with type 2 diabetes.

CoQ10 supplements may improve heart health and blood sugar and help manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure in individuals with diabetes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease are all common problems associated with diabetes.

Despite some concern that CoQ10 may cause a sudden and dramatic drop in blood sugar (called hypoglycemia), two recent clinical studies in people with diabetes given CoQ10, 200 mg 2 times daily, showed no hypoglycemic response.

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