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Discovery of Chromiums Role in HumansIt was known by the 1950s that chromium was needed in humans to control blood sugar but it wasnt until the 1970s that chromiums main role in humans was found out It came accidentally as a result of a new procedure that had been introduced to nourish hospitalized patients who could not take in food by eating This method of nourishment was designed to give patients all the things people need to maintain health until they could eat normally and get these nutrients from food Some of the patients who had been fed intravenously for months developed a high blood sugar level just like diabetics even though they werent Then the doctors had to start insulin therapy to treat this diabetes-like condition and even then the insulin didnt work rightPeople already knew that Chromium was needed to keep normal blood sugar levels so when they added the Chromium to the food solutions there was an immediate improvement The people didnt need insulin injections and their blood sugars and other problems went back to normal After a while doctors everywhere figured out that Chromium was needed in humans and they didnt make the old mistakes anymore Trivalent chromium works with insulin to move glucose into cells we dont know how else it works but we think it has to do with the insulin binding to their receptor sitesThree of the 17 good studies showed that there wasnt any benefit of chromium with diabetics 14 did show blood glucose improvements in the patientsThe results were impressive blood glucose insulin levels and cholesterol all decreased with the higher dose but not alwaysNo one knows how tiny amounts of chromium could have such big effects on insulins actions and no one knows why this is so but they believe that chromium strengthens some things that happen between insulin and the body In other words it doesnt work by making the body make more insulin
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