Last update on 9 July 2014 by Dr Cécile Loï

Chromium and aging


 

Due to a decrease of the concentration of chromium in the blood with age (1), a Recommented Dietary Allowance (RDA) increase, to offset the lack (figure 1). Thus, this RDA are roughly 60 µg/day in young adults and attain 125 µg/day in the eldery. Yet, chromium consumption decreases,with age. A 70-year-old person take on average 40 µg/day of chromium (3).

That is why CITRAGE recommends supplementation chromium especially in people with diabetes, and systematically for anyone over 60 years. It is advised to consume 1-3 capsules per day, according to age and the need to regulate his glycemia. (See : What is the role of chromium?)

Figure 1 : Recommented Dietary Allowance (RDA) and chromium consumption in healthy adults

 


Reference :

1. Cynober L et al. Apports nutritionnels conseillés chez la personne âgées. Nutr.Clin.Metabol. fevrier 2000; 14 suppl 1:3-60

2. Roussel A-M, Andriollo-Sanchez M, Ferry M, Bryden NA, Anderson RA, Food chromium content, dietary chromium intake and related biological variables in French free-living elderly. Br.J.Nutr.août 2007;98(2):326-331.

3. Davies S, McLaren Howard J, Hunnisett A, Howard M. Age-related decreases in chromium levels in 51,665 hair, sweat, and serum samples from 40,872 patients–implications for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes mellitus. Metabolism. mai 1997;46(5):469‑473.