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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2001-04-14 16:22:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Chromium and Insulinoma



Hi Dick B,
Yes, you have heard the phrase "helps to regulate
blood glucose levels" about chromium and brewer's yeast.
This actually refers to its use with diabetics where regulating
their glucose actually means to LOWER their glucose.
Unfortunately it does not raise it when it is low.
In the March 2000 issue of Veterinary Medicine there is
a good article about Chromium and Vanadium. The article
is titled: Two transition metals show promise in treating diabetic
It has a list of 18 references of both human and animal articles.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM


There are others but the references mentioned should help your vet.

Here is a very recent compilation study. Notice that chromium REDUCES the
blood glucose (sugar) levels. In insulinoma the blood glucose levels are already
too low, sometimes dangerously so.


Diabetes Technol Ther. 2006 Dec;8(6):677-87.
Clinical studies on chromium picolinate supplementation in diabetes
mellitus--a review.

Broadhurst CL, Domenico P.
Department of Technical Services and Scientific Affairs, Purchase,
New York 10577, USA.

Chromium (Cr) picolinate (CrPic) is a widely used nutritional supplement
for optimal insulin function. A relationship among Cr status, diabetes, and
associated pathologies has been established. Virtually all trials using CrPic
supplementation for subjects with diabetes have demonstrated beneficial
effects. Thirteen of 15 clinical studies (including 11 randomized, controlled
studies) involving a total of 1,690 subjects (1,505 in CrPic group) reported
significant improvement in at least one outcome of glycemic control. All
15 studies showed salutary effects in at least one parameter of diabetes
management, including dyslipidemia. Positive outcomes from CrPic
supplementation included reduced blood glucose, insulin, cholesterol, and
triglyceride levels and reduced requirements for hypoglycemic medication.
The greater bioavailability of CrPic compared with other forms of Cr (e.g.,
niacin-bound Cr or CrCl(3)) may explain its comparatively superior efficacy in
glycemic and lipidemic control. The pooled data from studies using CrPic
supplementation for type 2 diabetes mellitus subjects show substantial
reductions in hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia, which equate to a reduced
risk for disease complications. Collectively, the data support the safety and
therapeutic value of CrPic for the management of cholesterolemia and
hyperglycemia in subjects with diabetes.
PMID: 17109600 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Could you, please give more info about the way you are medicating.
Are you giving Prednisolone or Prednisone?
How many mg of the med are you giving?
If you are giving a volume measurement (ml or cc) then you need to also
give the concentration mg/ml so that people will know how much med (in
mg) you are giving, as well as giving the ml level. Just giving the ml
without giving the concentration does not tell us how much med is being given.

Sukie (not a vet)
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