DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been successful in keeping my glucose levels down to a safe level by using chromium polynicotinate for about three years now, but I wonder if Plavix has any effect on the use of remedies that help reduce blood glucose level. Since being on Plavix, my levels have increased about 25 percent and have been hard to reduce.
I have also been using cinnamon (1,000 mg twice daily) recently, and for the first time, I’m down to 105 today. I enjoy your column.
DEAR READER: Chromium polynicotinate is a combination of chromium and vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid, niacin) that may prevent diabetes or delay the need for insulin. However, additional research is required before a determination can be made for patients with Type 1 diabetes.
Niacin has long been used for the treatment of high cholesterol. Plavix is commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots following heart attack, stroke and specific disorders of the heart. Cinnamon or cinnamon bark has been purported to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels in some individuals.
I must admit there are conflicting reports of whether Plavix affects blood sugar levels adversely. Therefore, I recommend you discuss your medications and supplements with your prescribing physician and be guided by what he or she feels is appropriate for you.