Chromium is the latest popular element used for the treatment of diabetes. It is even listed as one of the super nutrients by the American Diabetes Association. Aside from its popularity with the organization, chromium is also recognized by several diabetes support groups as an effective supplement for the treatment of diabetes. Chromium is a trace element which naturally occurs in certain food groups. However, its therapeutic effect is attained when taken as a supplement.
What is chromium and does it do?
Chromium is considered to be an ‘essential’ element which means that it is fundamentally needed by the body. Chromium has the ability to correct faulty lipid and glucose metabolism. Researchers consider chromium as the most active component of the body’s glucose tolerance. In simpler terms, chromium potentiates the effect of insulin. Other studies agreed with the previous statement and added that chromium increases insulin sensitivity in the body.
Evidence based benefits of chromium to people with diabetes:
- Eliminates the traditional signs of diabetes after four months of intake.
- Normalizes insulin and blood sugar levels.1
- Provides a long-term support to blood glucose levels (HbA1c).
- Control blood pressure and body fat by decreasing cholesterol levels.
The role of chromium supplement in the treatment of diabetes
Chromium is an inexpensive and safe element that effectively reduces insulin, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels. Almost all researches conducted about chromium supplementation for diabetes showed positive results. It works by potentiating the effects of hormones and enzymes that regulate blood sugar levels. People who took chromium supplements responded better with prescribed diabetes medication. But even if patients were not on prescribed medications, chromium was still effective in reducing blood sugar levels. The link of chromium supplements to the treatment of diabetes is already established where researchers give merit for it potentiating effect.
How to take chromium and what is the recommended dose?
The American society for clinical nutrition recognizes chromium as a safe treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes, with a therapeutic dose ranging from 200ug- 1000ug.
A research conducted by the Miami research associates tried to determine the therapeutic levels of chromium needed by people with diabetes. There were 1349 participants included in the study which lasted for 10-year period. Results show that chromium had a synergistic effect when combined with standard medications used in diabetes. Researchers concluded that chromium supplement of 200ug – 1000ug provides maximum hypoglycemic effects. 2
- Anderson, R., et.al. Diabetes Journal. Nov 1997. DOI: 10.2337/diab.46.11.1786
- Kalman, D. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Jul 20013. vol 78, no 1:192.