Carnitine is essential for lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and correct metabolic control. It has been suggested that some people with diabetes may have reduced levels of total and free carnitine (Mamoulakis et al 2004). Administration of l-carnitine reduces insulin secretion and improves peripheral glucose use (Grandi et al 1997) and tissue insulin sensitivity (Negro et al 1994). Additionally in type 2 diabetes, l-carnitine (1 g 3 times daily) significantly lowers fasting plasma glucose, but may increase fasting triglycerides (Rahbar et al 2005). Although promising, further research is required to elucidate the possible benefits and safety of carnitine supplementation in this population.
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