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Side Effects and Other Risks With Chromium
At low doses, short-term use of chromium appears to be safe in the general adult population. However, chromium can add its effects on blood sugar to that of insulin; this might cause the blood sugar to go too low.
Possible side effects at low doses include:
High doses can cause serious side effects. The foremost concern for people with diabetes who use chromium is the development of kidney problems. Other possible side effects include:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding into the gastrointestinal tract
  • Worsening of any behavioral or psychiatric problems.

Natural Remedies for Diabetes: Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10, often referred to as CoQ10 (other names include ubiquinone and ubiquinol) is a vitamin-like substance. It helps cells make energy and acts as an antioxidant. Meats and seafood contain small amounts of CoQ10. Supplements are marketed as tablets and capsules.
Research Findings on Coenzyme Q10
There have been few studies on CoQ10 and type 2 diabetes so far. The evidence is not sufficient to evaluate CoQ10's effectiveness as a natural remedy for diabetes. CoQ10 has not been shown to affect blood glucose control. In theory, it might have use against heart disease in people with diabetes, but well-designed studies looking at heart disease outcomes are needed to answer this question.
Side Effects and Other Risks With Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 appears to be safe for most of the adult population. However, it may interact with and affect the action of some medicines, including warfarin (a blood thinner) and medicines used for high blood pressure or cancer chemotherapy.
Other possible side effects of CoQ10 include:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn.
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