Dear Doctor: What about Chromium?

One of my readers wrote in and asked about chromium. Chromium is a supplement that has been found to improve insulin sensitivity. This supplement improves a person’s ability to manage their blood sugar. Chromium helps keep the sugar under control by improving insulin’s effect at the cell level to transport glucose into the cell, removing it from the blood stream. The cell can then utilize the glucose for energy production. This is especially important for people with diabetes and with metabolic syndrome. Chromium deficiency has been associated with confusion and neuropathy; however, it is difficult to test for deficiency. The best form of chromium is chromium picolinate and is used in dosages of 50 up to 1000 micro-grams per day.

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