What is Biotin?
Biotin is a Vitamin B7 that is part of the family of B complex vitamins. Biotin functions on fatty acid metabolism as well as glucose production. Initial researches show positive results when it comes to the use of Biotin in managing diabetes. Nevertheless, it is important to talk to your doctor first before you decide to use this supplement to help with managing your condition.
How Does Biotin Help Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control?
Several research showed how Biotin may affect diabetes and blood sugar control:
- Biotin can help to regulate blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
In a 2004 study, participants took 6 micromoles for every deciliter of Biotin each day for 4 weeks. The participants showed an increased activity of the various enzymes that can help regulate blood sugar level in both non-diabetic and diabetic patients. However, there was no significant change in glucose. In addition, there were no changes in insulin, cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Deficiency in Biotin can impair the regulation of cholesterol and glucose in your body.
In a 2011 animal study, researchers concluded that biotin deficiency hinders glucose and cholesterol regulation in animal subjects. Researchers observed negative effects of biotin deficiency on insulin control and production of body fats. It also results in the increase of glucose production as well as fatty acid oxidation. However, these are merely initial studies and further research is needed to investigate the effects of Biotin on diabetes in humans.
- Combination of Biotin and Chromium picolinate may help in blood sugar and lipids management.
In a 2006 study, diabetes participants showed improved glucose tolerance after 4 weeks of supplementation of biotin and chromium picolinate combination. Participants also showed lower levels of triglycerides and fructose. Overall, participants tolerated the combination supplement well.
Despite the positive studies on the use of biotin in diabetes, biotin is still not officially approved as diabetes treatment. Always consult your doctor before taking Biotin supplements.