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Signs and Symptoms of a Chromium deficiency

Signs and Symptoms of a Chromium deficiency

Your body requires macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, in large amounts for energy, growth, repair, and other vital functions. There are other essential nutrients your body needs in smaller amounts to function well and maintain health. Vitamins and minerals are considered micronutrients. Minerals like iron, calcium, and chromium all play vital roles in your body. Thus, it stands to reason that a Chromium deficiency, can have harmful outcomes for your health. Chromium is utilized by the body to regulate glucose metabolism. Glucose intolerance and other effects may be caused by a deficiency of Chromium, although such a deficiency is usually rare. Chromium also has antioxidant effects. Now we shall have a look at a few important signs and symptoms of a Chromium deficiency.

Symptoms of a Chromium deficiency:-

Hyperglycaemia

A high level of blood glucose within the body is termed as Hyperglycaemia. This happens when the body has too little insulin or when the body can't use insulin properly.

Glycosuria

This is a condition caracterized by an excess of sugar in the urine, typically associated with diabetes or kidney disease.

Unintended weight loss

As Chromium is an essential micronutrient, its deficiency combined with other symptoms may result in unintended weight loss.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy occurs as a result of damage to the nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves). This condition often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can also affect other areas and body functions including digestion, urination and circulation.