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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chromium Intake and Type 2 Diabetes

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney 

A recent meta-analysis combined the data from 61 studies looking at the effect of chromium supplementation on glucose (blood sugar) control and concluded that chromium supplementation was effective at improving blood sugar control for type 2 diabetics.

But what if you are already on medication for type 2 diabetes?

Another study, a placebo-controlled randomized control trial, showed that adding chromium supplementation to the most commonly used oral medication for type 2 diabetes significantly improved blood sugar control compared to the medication alone.

In fact blood sugar control improved so much that many patients were able to decrease the amount of medication that they were using!

Why is chromium effective?

It turns out that chromium is an integral part of a protein called glucose tolerance factor (now often referred to in the scientific literature as chromodulin) that enhances the ability of the insulin receptor to recognize and bind to insulin. That, in turn, makes the body better able to respond to fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

But don't most people get enough chromium in their diet?

Actually, the American diet is fairly marginal for chromium - and that is a particular problem for diabetics. That's because whenever the blood sugar levels get too high some of the glucose spills over into the urine and carries trace minerals like chromium with it.

Thus, a significant percentage (30-40%) of type 2 diabetics are deficient in chromium. Supplemental chromium is particularly effective in helping those diabetics get their blood sugar levels under control.

Now there is a bad news & good news aspect with respect to chromium supplementation to get your blood sugar under control.

The bad news is that the chromium levels that were shown to be effective in many of these clinical trials are quite high, and chromium can be toxic if consumed in a large enough amount for an extended period of time.

The good news is that many type 2 diabetics are also deficient in vanadium and magnesium, and supplementation with those nutrients in deficient individuals also improves blood sugar control.

What that means is that supplements containing lower levels of all three minerals are often effective in helping people regulate their blood sugar levels normally.

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About the Author
Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major university where runs an active cancer research program and has published over 100 scientific articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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