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[IPp] Congress Encourages Research on Chromium Picolinate and Diabetes

 Does anyone know if Chromium use will be as effective in T1D as T2D? If not,


December 16, 2004 10:07 AM US Eastern Timezone 

Congress Encourages Research on Chromium Picolinate and Diabetes 

PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2004-- 

  Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill Recognizes that Chromium
Supplementation May Benefit Native American and Pediatric Populations

 Nutrition 21, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXXI) announced today that a bill signed into law
by President George Bush includes Report Language that recognizes that "chromium
picolinate can restore normal glucose metabolism by enhancing insulin
sensitivity," and encourages the National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to expand its chromium research program. The bill
supports earlier findings for chromium supplementation in delaying the onset of
diabetes in certain high-risk populations including Native American and
pediatric populations.

 The language is part of the Fiscal 2005, Labor-Health Subcommittee on
Appropriations bill that provides for an $800 million increase in the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) budget over last year as part of Congress' continued
commitment to curing disease through NIH research.

 "Given the chronic nature and the devastating economic impact of type 2
diabetes, it is important to use the most cost-effective measures to help
improve glycemic control in people living with the disease," said Gail
Montgomery, president and CEO of Nutrition 21. "This government recognition of
chromium picolinate research and preliminary pharmacoeconomic analysis
indicating healthcare savings is another important milestone in our effort to
raise public awareness and to increase visibility within the medical and
academic research communities of the benefits of chromium picolinate

 Chromium is an essential mineral that is critical to proper insulin function.
Low chromium levels have been linked with increased risk of insulin-based
diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Chromium
picolinate is increasingly recognized among health professionals and consumers
for its role as a safe and effective nutritional supplement for people with
insulin resistance and at risk for diabetes -- a worldwide epidemic affecting an
estimated 190 million people.

 To date, there are three NIH funded ongoing clinical trial programs studying
chromium picolinate's role in diabetic and pre-diabetic populations, and a
fourth has been approved. In addition, the relationship between chromium and
weight gain is being evaluated in the Look AHEAD Study by John Hopkins

Congressional Report Language 

 Chromium nutrition and diabetes. - Recent research has demonstrated that
chromium picolinate can restore normal glucose metabolism by enhancing insulin
sensitivity. Impaired insulin sensitivity is a major factor leading to the
development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In clinical studies
in people with type 2 diabetes, chromium supplementation has been shown to
significantly reduce elevated blood sugar levels and improve long-term blood
sugar control. The beneficial effects were predominantly seen in populations who
were overweight and insulin resistant. Since it has been shown that many Native
Americans have severely impaired insulin sensitivity and are overweight, a
strong case can be made to support the hypothesis that chromium supplementation
can significantly help Native American populations. In addition to potential
treatment benefits, chromium supplementation in overweight pediatric populations
may restore normal glucose metabolism, and thereby reduce!
  or delay
  the onset of diabetes. Therefore, NCCAM is encouraged to expand upon these
early findings to support research on chromium supplementation as a safe,
effective, low cost nutritional therapy for type 2 diabetes.

About Nutrition 21 

 Nutrition 21 is a nutritional bioscience company and the maker of
chromium-based supplements with health benefits substantiated by clinical
research. The company markets Chromax(R) chromium picolinate, which is the
most-studied form of the essential mineral chromium. Nutrition 21 also developed
Diachrome(R), which is available through diabetes educators or at
www.diachrome.com. Nutrition 21 holds 34 patents for nutrition products and
uses, 25 of which are for chromium compounds and their uses. More information is
available at www.nutrition21.com.

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