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10 Jan 2006

L-Carnitine
Hi There
I ahve never been convinced of using supplements to aid any form of training.
I have a client who is adement on using L-Carnitine to aid her metobolism.
Is it safe to use if they are diabetic.
Kind regards
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Brozz

They don't come with any warnings or contra-indications for diabetics, and I can't think of anywhere that they may affect diabetics. The issue I guess is whether it's a chance worth taking. Personally, I'm not so sure. I don't know of any research on your particular questions - supplements are hardly ever tested, let alone for specific groupls like diabetics, so this is a risk.

The second issue is whether they work. I am on your side when it comes to supplements, unless there is an obvious need for them. However, for weight loss, I don't believe that they are necessary. At best, they take the emphasis off diet and training to lose weight. At worst, they can be harmful. So my opinion is that your client is probably wasting her money. The key with supplements is that if they work (Big if), then they only cause very small changes, and you can get these same changes, though more sustainable, by combining exercise with diet, so that is my advice.

Good luck!
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