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Diabetes

This article is by
Dr. Kurt D. Grange, Ph.D., N.D.

Dr. Grange has a Bachelor of Science Degree with dual majors in Physical Education and Health from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Biophysiology and a National Certificate as an Athletic Medical Trainer from the University of California at Riverside.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition, a Ph.D. in Nutrition, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Clayton University.

He serves as department chairman for math and science in the state of Nevada and has spent the last thirty years teaching anatomy and physiology to premedical students.


Thousands of people, men, women, and children will get diabetes, go blind, suffer amputations and other devastating complications.

Diabetes kills more than AIDS or breast cancer. It killed over 200,000 people in this country last year alone. That's one in every 17 people. - statistics from the American Diabetes Association

Diabetes is serious. A tragedy. A very costly battle. That's why you need to know this: "Type II Diabetes is not a disease. It is the lack of a natural ingredient known as GTF Chromium." Dr. Walter Mertz, M.D.
Director USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, 1959

Adult onset diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance. Since the discovery of Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), many middle age insulin resistant disorders have been alleviated by taking a chromium supplement in this GTF form. GTF Chromium is significantly more effective than any other form of chromium tested. Not all chromium is GTF. Many popular chromium supplements have been found to be totally ineffective at potentiating insulin function.

If you are insulin resistant, be sure to check your blood sugar levels several times a day, at least 1/2 hour after you take nutritional supplements and if necessary, adjust your insulin intake accordingly, under your doctor's guidance and direction.
Reference: "The Chromium Connection," by Betty Kamen, Ph.D.
Fourth printing, 1996 "Nutrition News," 1993 Vol. XVII, No. 8,
InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc., publication on Chromate®

Dr. Walter Mertz, former director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and discoverer of biologically active chromium, identified niacin-bound chromium as the active chromium ingredient in Brewer's yeast.

Chromium is an essential trace element required for normal protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is important for energy production and plays a role in regulating appetite, reducing sugar craving, and increasing lean body mass. Chromium helps insulin metabolize fat, turn protein into muscle, and convert sugar into energy.

Part of the reason chromium is so necessary is that it contains the special bioactive formulation called Glucose Tolerance Factor. GTF facilitates normal insulin function thereby enhancing glucose, amino acid, and fat metabolism. Chromium has been shown to reduce levels of harmful LDL cholesterol (the form of cholesterol that has been linked to heart disease) while increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol. Chromium supplementation can increase lean muscle mass while decreasing body fat. Experiments have shown that chromium can prevent and even reverse atherosclerosis.

The dietary chromium intake of most people is considerably less than the minimum suggested required amount. Research shows that chromium levels decrease with age and that chromium deficiency may be a wide-spread problem in today's population. A lack of chromium can impair insulin function and inhibit protein synthesis and energy production. Chromium deficiency can lead to Type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Chromium deficiency is thought to contribute to glucose intolerance and unhealthy blood, liver, and kidney lipid amounts.

The consumption of refined foods, especially simple sugars, increases the problem since these foods are not only low in chromium but also increase loss of chromium through the urine. Many people, such as athletes, diabetics, breast feeding mothers, and the elderly are especially at risk of chromium deficiency. Chromium loss increases with pregnancy, strenuous exercise, infection, physical trauma and mental stress.

Chromium has been shown to play a significant role in Type II diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, and steroid-induced diabetes as well. In addition, it has been established that chromium has beneficial effects on people with varying degrees of glucose intolerance diabetes and hypoglycemia.

The relationship of insulin, glucose, and chromium, in a very simplified explanation, is that glucose is used by cells to create energy, insulin is used by the body to transport glucose to the cell, and chromium's GTF factor is what actually allows the insulin and glucose into the cell. You can have enough blood sugar (glucose), but if you don't have insulin, it doesn't get into the cells. You can have enough glucose and insulin, but if the cells don't have GTF chromium available, the glucose and insulin can't enter the cells to be used for energy. In which case, the glucose is rerouted to the liver where it is converted into fat. It has been found that many adult onset (Type II) diabetics are chromium deficient not insulin deficient.

ChromeMate®
Independent university studies have found ChromeMate's patented oxygen-coordinated chromium-niacin complex to be over 18 times more effective than all other forms of niacin-bound chromium.

ChromeMate® is a unique form of naicin-bound chromium (chromium polynicotinate) which dramatically increases the effectiveness of chromium throughout the body. It has been found to be the most efficient chromium available for controlling blood sugar, alleviating Type II diabetes, reducing hypertension, decreasing fat thereby reducing weight, and increasing lean body mass. It accomplishes this by leveling out the highs and lows of carbohydrates in the diet, allowing for a steady infusion of available blood glucose for continuous prolonged energy production and expenditure.

The two other common forms of dietary chromium found in supplements are chromium picolinate and chromium chloride. A university of California study reported that the ChromeMate® form of chromium is over 300% more bioavailable than chromium picolinate and almost 700% more bioavailable than chromium chloride. In addition, recent studies suggest that the use of chromium picolinate might be a cancer threat due to its ability to cause chromosomal changes and DNA damage within cells. In order for the chromium to become bound with niacin for absorbtion and use, it must break away from the picolinate, leaving the picolinate as a free radical to attack the body. This is not a problem when chromium polynicotinate is used. Even high doses of ChromeMate® chromium polynicotinate have been shown to be completely safe and nontoxic to the body.

It has been found that the combination of ChromeMate® plus exercise in obese women resulted in significant weight loss and decreased sugar dependency while lowering sugar-induced high blood pressure. Taking the correct daily amount of chromium in the form of ChromeMate® can help you maintain normal insulin functions, promote healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, maintain cardiovascular health, control body weight, enhance lean body mass, convert sugar into energy, and maintain a healthy active live.

With skyrocketing health costs, prevention is the way to go. Today's nutrient-starved diet insures us a one-way ticket to the hospital, the surgeon's knife, endless drug prescriptions and a parade of medical bills guaranteed to drain even the most wealthy.

The main question is why are we treating nutritional deficiencies with drugs?

A strong association exists between chromium deficiency, elevated insulin, high blood cholesterol levels, atheroscelerosis, diabetes and obesity. Since even the government says the majority of us don't get enough chromium in our diets, since some of us may have difficulty converting or absorbing simple chromium compounds and since niacin-bound chromium is an extremely active GTF form, augmenting our diets with niacin-bound chromium supplement (ChromeMate®) just makes good sense.

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