Chromium Doesn't Help Control Type 2 Diabetes in Western Populations

| Jun 3, 2007

In a recent Dutch study, researchers gave either a placebo or a daily dose of 400 micrograms of chromium to 57 obese, insulin-requiring type 2 patients with A1c's above eight percent.

After three months and again after six months, they found no difference between the two groups with regard to fasting blood glucose, A1c's, blood pressure, body fat, weight, cholesterol, or insulin resistance.

They concluded that in Western patients, chromium does not improve blood sugar control, possibly because their diet is already sufficiently rich in the mineral. A recent similar study, examining 46 obese Dutch people with type 2, basically came to the same conclusions.

The researchers added, however, that in non-Western populations who might be deficient in the mineral, such supplementation may be useful. Previous studies of Chinese and Indian populations have shown that chromium supplementation does help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar.

Source: Diabetes Care, May 2007

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