There are four nutritional aids to reducing requirements for insulin or hypoglycaemic drugs—five, if you count reduction to normal body weight, if needed, which is always helpful. These are the chromium glucose tolerance factor, previously mentioned, desiccated liver, a specialized type of vitamin B complex supplement, and a diet emphasizing raw food and fibre.
The chromium glucose tolerance factor is synthesized in the body, combining a vitamin (niacinamide) with a complex formula that includes chromium.
Deficiency in it, perhaps reflecting the aging process, possibly caused by dietary deficiencies in the precursor factors (including chromium), causes what might be called a mild diabetes, or at least, an abnormal if not dramatic rise in blood sugar. Administration of chromium itself is not helpful, the factor being useful only when it is fully preformed. The most frequently used source of the chromium glucose tolerance factor is a concentrate of it from brewer's yeast.
Thus far, diabetologists have shown minimal interest in this discovery, perhaps because they think of it as being useful only in the treatment of senior citizens with mild elevation of blood sugar. Actually, medical nutritionists have found that it is useful in all types of diabetes mellitus—meaning juvenile and maturity-onset diabetes.
Used properly, it may reduce the insulin requirement; in some cases, it has eliminated it. The important point to remember is the advantage a diabetic gains when he draws more upon natural aids and less upon medication.