Biotin, vitamin B7, is a member of the water-soluble family of B-complex vitamins. Biotin functions in fatty acid metabolism and the production of glucose. Some research has shown encouraging results for the use of biotin in the management of diabetes. Consult your doctor before using biotin for treatment of diabetes.
Biotin alone doesn’t seem to affect blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, there is some evidence that a combination of biotin and chromium might lower blood sugar in people with diabetes [https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2004/06/10/Diachrome-could-cut-costs-of-diabetes-therapy-says-Nutrition21].
By far the greatest use of biotin by diabetics I have observed is to help healing from alopecia (hair loss).
One tip for thyroid testing comes from Dr. Brian Mowll. “Biotin in large doses may affect thyroid testing leading to false highs on thyroid tests. It doesn’t actually raise thyroid hormone levels but affects the way the test works. The solution: stop taking high dose biotin 48 hours before thyroid testing.”
Roizman, Tracey, DC. “Biotin for Diabetes,” Livestrong, n.d. http://www.livestrong.com/article/408310-biotin-for-diabetes/ (accessed on 8/3/2020).
Mowll, Dr. Brian, SweetLife™ Diabetes Support Group. Statement from Dr. Brian Mowll (accessed on 2/20/2020):
“Biotin in large doses may affect thyroid testing leading to false highs on thyroid tests. It doesn’t actually raise thyroid hormone levels but affects the way the test works. The solution: stop taking high dose biotin 48 hours before thyroid testing.”
Biotin and chromium picolinate help control blood sugar
Biotin for hair growth