Chromium Picolinate May Help Improve Blood Sugar Control in Diabetics
When people with diabetes don’t control their blood sugar levels, the effects on almost every organ in their bodies can be devastating. A recent study suggests that taking chromium picolinate may help people with poorly controlled type-2 diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels.
Participants in the study included 71 people with type-2 diabetes who were given 600 micrograms of chromium picolinate or a placebo daily for four months. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that fasting glucose in the chromium picolinate group was reduced by 31.0 mg/dL, whereas the placebo group had reductions of only 14 mg/dL.
Additionally, the supplement group had significantly lower postprandial glucose levels when compared with the placebo. Finally, both groups had lower levels of HbA1c, which is a marker of excess glucose in the blood over the long term. However, the supplement group had significantly lower levels than the placebo group.
Researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil conducted the study. It was published in the October 2015 issue of Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology.
Chromium picolinate is a combination of chromium, an essential mineral, and picolinic acid. It has been used to treat chromium deficiency, lower high cholesterol, and boost cardiovascular health. It can be found in supplement form.