September 16, 2014
Diabetes Supplement Safety
Wellness Tip

Diabetes Supplement Safety

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

If you have diabetes, don’t buy dietary supplements or homeopathic products marketed to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate the disease.

Recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cracked down on 15 companies selling these over-the-counter products, which make illegal claims such as “lowers blood sugar naturally,” “can replace medicine in the treatment of diabetes” and “for relief of diabetic foot pain.”

Many of these products contain ingredients that are unproven and potentially unsafe. Others contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients in unknown quantities, which should be used only under medical supervision. And bogus remedies may cause people to delay getting the treatment they really need.