Chromium supplements don't help lower blood sugar, new research suggests

For years, chromium supplementation has been a recommended method for blood sugar control, but it may not be that effective after all.

A three-decade study from researchers at the University of Miami found that chromium supplements are not useful in lowering fasting glucose levels in either healthy individuals or those with diabetes.

"Some previous research reported that chromium supplements lower the levels of fasting glucose," said study author Christopher H. Bailey. "However, the effect may have been exaggerated or mistaken for the effects of other concurrent treatments, such as exercise training."

Different methodologies could have led to inaccurate results

According to the National Institutes of Health, chromium "is known to enhance the action of insulin" and is directly involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat. The mineral is one that humans only require in trace amounts, and it can be found in foods like broccoli, potatoes, grape juice and garlic.

Differences in methodology that previous studies have used to determine chromium's effects could have led to inaccurate results, Bailey explained.

The current study analyzed 16 previous studies on chromium that were published from 1985 to 2012, addressing the limitations of each of these research projects.

"Although chromium supplementation doesn't lower fasting blood sugar, there may be other beneficial effects on the body that require more research," Bailey said. "Fasting blood sugar is only one aspect of human health."

Source: University of Miami

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...