If you’re concerned about developing type 2 diabetes,
A healthy diet and regular physical activity have been rightly identified as keys to preventing and controlling diabetes. However, what has not been recognized is that regular consumption of a key form of chromium could virtually eliminate diabetes along with sensible eating and being even modestly active.
“More than 50 years ago the trace element chromium was identified as an essential nutrient at the National Institutes of Health by Dr. Klaus Schwartz due to its role in blood sugar metabolism. A molecule named Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) was found to be primarily composed of chromium. Dr. Walter Mertz, an assistant to Dr. Schwartz at the time, noted in 1959 ‘Type II diabetes is not a disease. It is the lack of a natural ingredient, known as GTF chromium.’
“Chromium works together with insulin in providing sugar to the cells for energy. If chromium levels decrease there is a corresponding decrease in sugar delivery from insulin. Modern medical terms such as ‘insulin resistance’ and ‘insulin sensitivity’ should be more accurately replaced with ‘gross chromium deficiency’.
“As health historian Christopher C. Barr explained, insulin is a transport mechanism. It is like a truck that transports glucose to be unloaded at the cells insulin receptors.
“Chromium rich GTF molecules are like dock workers, which assist getting the sugar (glucose) to the insulin receptors. If there are less and less GTF ‘dock workers’ then the work of providing sugar to the cells becomes unproductive. A traffic jam of insulin ‘trucks’ in the blood stream results in higher and higher blood sugar levels as the problems of chromium deficiency increases over time.
“The right form of chromium is whole foods grown GTF chromium, and the right daily amount is about 100 micrograms taken three times daily.”