Diabetes: Mineral supplement shown to improve blood sugar

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Chromium Picolinate is a mineral that is found in supplements; it can help to improve metabolism (the rate at which your body turns food into energy) and help you lose weight. Now, according to several studies published in the National Library of Medicine, it has been shown that it can help those living with diabetes by improving their blood sugar. People living with diabetes have problems with their body’s response to insulin meaning that they have problems moderating their blood sugar level.

Type 2 diabetes treatment is different; lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and a healthier diet can help people to improve their condition.

However, many people with type 2 diabetes require medications to treat their conditions.

The most important factor, particularly with Type 1 diabetes, is that blood sugar levels need to be monitored regularly.

If the person’s blood sugar levels are too low, this can be resolved by consuming something with a high sugar content, if they’re too high this can be remedied with an injection of insulin.

However, even though diabetes needs to be managed and monitored it is not a limiting condition; earlier this year Radio 1 Xtra presenter & Type 1 Diabetic, Reece Parkinson successfully completed his first Ultramarathon.

Other famous figures who live with the condition include the former Prime Minister Theresa May and comedian Ed Gamble.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have their own risk factors that will affect how likely you are to get the condition.

With Type 1, the main risk factors are your age and your family history. Whilst you can get it at any age, as in the case of Reece Parkinson, you’re more likely to get it when you’re a child, teenager or young adult.

The second factor is family history, if a member of your close family has it, then there’s a greater likelihood that you may develop it; according to Diabetes UK, there is little scientific certainty about the exact causes of Type 1.

More is known about the risk factors of Type 2 however. The most notable factor is your lifestyle, such as your weight and how much you smoke, drink and exercise; a healthy diet (with no smoking) will lower the chances of developing Type 2.

Other mitigating factors include your ethnicity. You’re two to four times more likely to get Type 2 if you’re of South Asian, African Caribbean or Black African descent.

Additionally, mental health conditions have also been found to have an impact with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression linked to the condition, although the risk is very low.

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