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From: FurTulsa
Date: 2001-03-01 05:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: brewer's yeast

I am not trying to be arguemative at all or debate that
information as I have seen and heard about it before.
I am still wondering..... everything I see written on this
specifies "brewers yeast"...
Is there a difference between it and "Primary grown yeast"?
And if so.. what? And does it make a difference in the
concerns with insulinomic ferrets?
----- Original Message -----
Chromium supplements and brewer's yeast (which contains
chromium) have been used for insulinomic ferrets because they
are thought to "regulate" blood sugar levels. However, all
previous studies were done in cases of HIGH blood sugar (ie
diabetes) where LOWERING the blood sugar is considered
regulating it.
People have read "regulate" and assumed it meant brought to a
more normal level. But recent studies have shown that chromium
also LOWERS blood sugar levels in normal animals.
Lowering blood sugar is the last thing we want to do for
insulinomic ferrets!
My information is from Drs. Jerry Murray and Karen Purcell.
Dr. Murray discusses this in issue #27 of Modern Ferret
Linda Iroff
Oberlin OH