Endocrinology Book


Chromium Picolinate

Aka: Chromium Picolinate
  1. See Also
    1. Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
  2. Dosing
    1. Chromium Picolinate 200-500 ug/day
  3. Advantages
    1. Inexpensive: 4 cents per day
    2. Improves Insulin sensitivity
    3. Improves Lipid Metabolism
  4. Disadvantages
    1. Toxicity
    2. Weak agent compared with newer hypoglycemics
  5. Indication
    1. Type II Diabetes Mellitus with other agents


Definition (NCI) Chromium Piccolinate is a salt of the trace metallic element chromium (Cr), essential in glucose metabolism. Found in vitamins and mineral supplements, Chromium may be necessary for utilization of dietary sugars and carbohydrates by optimizing the effects of insulin. Animal studies suggest that chromium picolinate may be carcinogenic, it enters cells directly and can causes mutations. (NCI04)
Concepts Pharmacologic Substance (T121) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH C030614
SnomedCT 442428005
English CHROMIUM PICOLINATE, mineral supplements chromium picolinate, chromium picolinate (medication), Chromium Picolinate, Chromium picolinate (substance), Chromium picolinate, chromium picolinate
Spanish picolinato de cromo (sustancia), picolinato de cromo
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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