Chromium is a trace dietary supplement that has been studied for its properties in lowering insulin resistance and blood glucose levels, possibly overcoming some obstacles to regulation.

Dogs are sometimes fed Chromium Picolinate as a supplement for this purpose, though there's little evidence that it works for them[1]; some studies found no benefit at all[2].

Some overweight cats have been successful in improving their insulin sensitivity using 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate daily[3].

Supplements may function through the use of diet, too.

Chromium-rich foods include:

  • bacon

See also oral medication.

Further ReadingEdit




  1. Chromium Picolinate & Canine Diabetes
  2. Oral Chromium Picolinate and Control of Glycemia in Insulin-Treated Diabetic Dogs Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine-2001
  3. Chromium Picolinate in Feline Diabetes
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