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Reports below indicate Biotin will help diabetes and is safe up to 200 mg. a day. I do not have reports here to substantuate it but there is one on Chromium Picolate that the two work best together.

Biotin (also known as vitamin B7) is a sulfur-containing member of the B vitamin complex. It is obtained both by synthesis by intestinal microorganisms and from the diet

1. "High-dose biotin, an inducer of glucokinase expression, may synergize with chromium picolinate to enable a definitive nutritional therapy for type II diabetes...a recent Japanese clinical study concludes that biotin (3 mg t.i.d. orally) can substantially lower fasting glucose in type II diabetics, without side-effects." (1)

2. McCarty MF. NutriGuard Research, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA. Glucokinase (GK), expressed in hepatocyte and pancreatic beta cells, has a central regulatory role in glucose metabolism. Efficient GK activity is required for normal glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, postprandial hepatic glucose uptake, and the appropriate suppression of hepatic glucose output and gluconeogenesis by elevated plasma glucose. Hepatic GK activity is subnormal in diabetes, and GK may also be decreased in the beta cells of type II diabetics. In supraphysiological concentrations, biotin promotes the transcription and translation of the GK gene in hepatocytes; this effect appears to be mediated by activation of soluble guanylate cyclase. More recent evidence indicates that biotin likewise increases GK activity in islet cells. On the other hand, high-dose biotin suppresses hepatocyte transcription of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, the rate-limiting enzyme for gluconeogenesis. Administration of high-dose biotin has improved glycemic control in several diabetic animals models, and a recent Japanese clinical study concludes that biotin (3 mg t.i.d. orally) can substantially lower fasting glucose in type II diabetics, without side-effects. The recently demonstrated utility of chromium picolinate in type II diabetes appears to reflect improved peripheral insulin sensitivity--a parameter which is unlikely to be directly influenced by biotin. Thus, the joint administration of supranutritional doses of biotin and chromium picolinate is likely to combat insulin resistance, improve beta-cell function, enhance postprandial glucose uptake by both liver and skeletal muscle, and inhibit excessive hepatic glucose production. Conceivably, this safe, convenient, nutritional regimen will constitute a definitive therapy for many type II diabetics, and may likewise be useful in the prevention and management of gestational diabetes. Biotin should also aid glycemic control in type I patients.PMID: 10416947 (If a pharmecutical drug did this it would be all over the news)

3. Biotin supplementation has recently proven effective in the prevention and maintenance of type 2 diabetes.
4 Supplementation is also used to strengthen and re-grow hair, skin, and nails...There have been no reports of toxic reactions, even in people taking doses up to 200 mg orally and 20 mg intravenously.1 (3)

1 http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1854691
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10416947
3 http://www.usana.com/media/File/dotCom/company/science/components/Biotin.pdf
   
   

 
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