Friday, January 13, 2012

Chromium Study Does Not Prove Benefit to Diabetes


A study out of the Netherlands, and published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that chromium yeast was not beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes. The study lasted six months and enrolled about 60 patients. Chromium yeast is also known as Baker's yeast.

Chromium has been the subject of a number of studies in conjunction with diabetes. Most of the studies have found that chromium has little or no effect on improving blood sugar measures. However, there was one recent study that showed some benefit from chromium picolinate. Still, one study is not as compelling as all of the studies that proceeded it with disappointing results. We would like to see continuously good science before we can get incredibly excited about chromium. Please check with your doctor. Her or his opinion should weigh more heavily on your decision than our short update here.

Sources: Diabetes Care, ClinicalTrials.gov

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