Chromium is often thought of as a metal, but a new study published in the January 2007 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch indicates that this particular metal can play a very positive role in human health, particularly when it comes to cholesterol and diabetes .
The results amongst humans indicate that chromium could be useful as a supplement to lower bad cholesterol. However, the tested ways of increasing low levels of good cholesterol remain diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes. Chromium may also have a role to play in heart disease . The lower the chromium levels, the higher the risk of heart attack .
Chromium also has a major impact on insulin action and glucose metabolism. Diabetes, therefore, could be positively aided by chromium replacement therapy. Studies on the matter have revealed conflicting results, leading the American Diabetes Association to comment: “at present, benefit from chromium supplements has not been conclusively demonstrated.”
Chromium within the diet is definitely a good thing, for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Dietary chromium is included in whole grains, nuts, broccoli, and green beans.

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