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Have type II diabetes? Here's why chromium's also good for your heart

by , 13 June 2013

Chromium's long been known for its ability to help regulate blood sugar for those with diabetes and preventing this condition from occurring in the first place. There's now an added health benefit to chromium - especially for type II diabetics. Read on to find out how chromium can help you reduce minimise your risk of heart disease if you have type II diabetes…

Researchers have uncovered more benefits of chromium for people with type II diabetes.

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, this time researchers used electrocardiograms to measure the heart function in patients with type II diabetes who supplemented with chromium.

What they found was ground breaking.

Chromium can reduce the risk of heart disease for type II diabetics

Researchers found that a specific measurement on the test showed clear improvement after chromium supplementation, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.

More specifically, “scientists found that the duration of ventricular contraction of the heart muscle in those who took 1,000 micrograms (1 milligram) of chromium picolinate per day was significantly shorter than in those given a placebo,” explains Dr Wright.

Researchers say this likely indicates a reduced risk of heart disease.

When conducting the research, scientists studied 50 people with type II diabetes who were managing their disease through diet alone.

Those in the trial showed no evidence of serious complications, such as heart or kidney failure. They were randomly assigned to either receive the chromium or a placebo for three months. After the three-month period, the two groups switched and each received the other’s treatment for another three months.

At the end of the first three months, insulin levels were significantly lower in the chromium group than in the placebo group. Their insulin levels stayed down during the second three months of the study when the individuals were only given a placebo, suggesting that the effects of chromium supplementation persisted even after treatment had stopped. The group that received chromium during the second three months of the study experienced a similar drop in insulin levels by the end of the study.

Since the insulin resistance that accompanies type II diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, chromium acts to boost insulin’s effect. It potentially reduces insulin resistance and the subsequent risk of heart disease.

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