Chromium helps with glycemic control in diabetics, according to a study from Mahidol University in Bangkok. In this meta-analysis of 22 studies, the researchers investigated both chromium yeast combined with vitamins C and E, chromium picolinate with biotin, and chromium supplements without any other nutrient. Results showed that chromium both alone and with other nutrients improved glycemic control, while chromium alone also lowered triglycerides and increased HDL-cholesterol, thus helping to lower heart disease risk. It appears from the data, that 200 micrograms of chromium is needed for optimal benefits to blood sugar regulation. No adverse effects were noted for chromium supplementation at any of the dosages studied.
In a study on rats from Ain Shams University in Cairo, researchers report that chromium picolinate supplementation lowered plasma lipids and improved platelet aggregation, thus reducing blood clots associated with heart attack and stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Odds are even worse for black women and Hispanic men and women – where the risk increased to one in every two – all due to the increasing obesity epidemic in this country. “We weren’t necessarily surprised that [the diabetes risk]increased, but we didn’t expect it to increase this much,” state the researchers.