Biological Trace Element Research

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Chromium, glucose tolerance, and diabetes

  • Richard A. Anderson
Part 1: Chromium Section 1: Biological Status and Nutritional Aspects


Chromium functions in maintaining normal glucose tolerance primarily by regulating insulin action. In the presence of optimal amounts of biologically active chromium, much lower amounts of insulin are required. Glucose intolerance, related to insufficient dietary chromium, appears to be widespread. Improved chromium nutrition leads to improved sugar metabolism in hypoglycemics, hyperglycemics, and diabetics.


Chromium Glucose Tolerance Biological Trace Element Research Impaired Glucose Tolerance Normal Glucose Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Anderson
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  1. 1.Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research CenterUS Department of Agriculture, ARSBeltsville

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