Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chromium May Help Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease, New Studies Report

Chromium May Help Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease, New Studies Report
As reported by the January 200 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch, Chromium (the metal) plays a crucial role in human health:

  • Study on Chromium and cholesterol.

[In rats, chromium deficiency leads to high cholesterol levels. In humans, the results have been contradictory. With such scattered scientific information, it's too early to recommend chromium supplements for cholesterol. But there may be an exception to that rule when it comes to low HDL (good) cholesterol. The best ways to boost HDL levels are lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet. But if those don't help, chromium may be worth a try. Some clinical trials have reported a benefit.]

  • Study on Chromium and heart disease.

[A new study reports a link between chromium levels and heart attack risk: the lower the levels, the higher the risk. The association of low chromium and heart attacks was unrelated to diabetes or diet.]

  • Study on Chromium and diabetes.

[Since chromium influences insulin action and glucose metabolism, diabetes is a logical candidate for chromium replacement therapy. However, studies have yielded conflicting results. The American Diabetes Association states that "at present, benefit from chromium supplements has not been conclusively demonstrated." It's an invitation for more scientific study.]

[Despite the popularity of chromium picolinate as a diet aid, scientists agree that chromium supplements are not effective in producing sustained weight loss.]

Yes, dietary chromium found in whole grains, nuts, broccoli, and green beans, is beneficial. However, regarding supplementation, be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.

Find more details from the press release.

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