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How High Are You On The Chromium Scales?

Jan 11, 2008
Diabetes enjoys the reputation of being one of the oldest of all chronic diseases known to man. However, it is only in the recent times that the incidence of diabetes has risen on an alarming scale, with more cases being diagnosed with every passing day. Experts have attributed this incline to the increasingly unhealthy lifestyles of the modern world, which when accompanied by skewed dietary habits, are fertile ground for diabetes to set in and progress in leaps and bounds. This has made researchers sit up and pay even more specialized attention to diabetes control and treatment, as conventional methods have yielded as many disastrous side-effects, as they have produced encouraging results. One of the more scientifically proven methods of diabetes treatment, which has gained itself the cynical nod as well, is supplementing the diet with chromium.

Chromium is one of the fundamental constituents of every organism and is found in the body as Chromium Picolinate. This biologically active form of chromium helps the cells of the body become more responsive to the insulin that is produced, thus forming an integral part of the digestive process. Although a trace mineral, research has found that chromium deficiencies can largely influence the development of diabetes, while even moderate levels chromium picolinate when administered as supplements, have been known to significantly lower blood glucose levels.

Studies which have been conducted on a wide spectrum of participants have also indicated that chromium picolinate plays a very crucial role in normalizing blood sugar levels in individuals diagnosed as suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and even those who fall into the category of obese. Chromium is absorbed by the small intestine, which is designed to absorb only minute levels of chromium, given the fact that the human body requires only 6 mg to function normally. However, when an individual suffers from diabetes, the chromium absorptive capacity of his small intestine is further reduced, thereby creating chromium deficits which further hinder his diabetes treatment.

The American Institute of Medicine has also established that chromium is one of the few minerals, whose administration does not require an upper limit to be set, which indicates the absence of any safety concerns about chromium supplements. Chromium has also been found to directly influence the number of receptor cells that are dedicated to the insulin produced in the body, which has led researchers to believe that making up for the deficiency of this mineral in diabetics with supplements can also increase, or even reserve Type 2, or insulin-resistant diabetes.

The Chromium debate still rages with certain school of experts citing the influence chromium exerts on the neurotransmitters in the body as dangerous to individuals who suffer from depression, bipolar disorders or schizophrenia. Chromium has also been studied to bring about skin irritations in those who are sensitive to fluctuating chromium levels in the body.

Dietary chromium can be sourced in a variety of supplements, either by itself, or in conjunction with a number of other vitamins and minerals. You can also maintain the chromium balance in your body by including foods like black pepper, broccoli, dried beans and whole grains in your diet, all of which contain significant amounts of the mineral in its most elemental form.

In spite of the huge body of research that has been devoted to chromium, it has yet to find its niche as a popular nutritional supplement. However, this is soon changing with many medical practitioners embracing the high success ratio of this mineral and granting it their expert approval. If you intend to include chromium as a part of your diabetes management program, ensure that your physician is well-aware of your decision and is kept regularly updated about the progress you are making. Diabetes management may seem like a daunting process at first appearances. However, it really is a matter of how easily you can incorporate the changes diabetes demands of you into your daily routine. If you are still grappling with your diabetes control, remember that help is always readily available and close at hand. All you need to do is make the first attempt the results which follow, will have plenty to talk you into sticking with this way of life!
About the Author
Julia Hanf has authored of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win. Through a real life emergency Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit Your Diabetes Cure at http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about how you can avert diabetes.
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