In recent years there has been a deluge of “natural” supplements promising to stabilize blood sugar levels for anxious diabetes patients. Unscrupulous marketers deviously attempt to convince sufferers to “manage their disease nature’s way”. An assortment of advertisements for herbal pills and non-vitamin capsules shamelessly claim help is only a credit card swipe away. Hustlers prey on the almost 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, with nearly two million joining their ranks annually. Are there solid facts and hard science to support their extravagant claims?
Six Supplements That Fail To Deliver
In five randomized, double-blind clinical trials, a total of 349 people with type 2 diabetes took either a placebo or approximately one daily teaspoon of cinnamon. Blood sugar levels did not change for either group after 3 – 4 months.
In eight randomized, double-blind clinical trials, a total of 476 people with type 2 diabetes took either a placebo or a leading chromium supplement daily for 3 months. Seven of the eight trials showed absolutely no improvements for those taking the supplement. Another Yale University study of 59 people over 6 months showed no lowering of blood sugar levels.
In spite of internet hucksters proclaiming this miracle cure for all diabetics, no clinical trials have ever been done to prove or disprove efficacy.
Only one Chinese study of 46 diabetics indicated mild improvement for those taking the Fenugreek supplement. No studies have been done in the seven years since. More are needed to confirm the extravagant claims of internet marketers.
Only one study has been done in the Philippines of 40 diabetics who were given bitter melon supplements or a placebo. After 3 months there was no difference between the two groups.
Two mammoth studies were done of 921 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. One lasted two years and the other four years. Those taking the Lipoic Acid supplement showed no improvement or benefit compared to the placebo takers.
David Schardt, “Diabetes Defence? Don’t count on supplements to lower your blood sugar” Nutrition Action HealthLetter, May 2015 Online version (segment of print article) at: http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diabetes-and-diet-cat/diabetes-advice/
“When it comes to tablets, capsules, powders, and teas that claim to control blood sugar, RDs and other healthcare practitioners agree that the research doesn’t support the miracle cure reputation many supplements have developed. And with little research available on side effects and potential interactions with oral diabetes medications, insulin, and other drugs diabetes patients often use (such as cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering agents), not enough is known about long-term safety.” http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110211p32.shtml
Consumers also need to be wary of the thoroughly diluted, homeopathic version of supplements that claim to cure diabetes. The 5 most common are: Uranium Nitrate, Phosphorus, Lactic Acid, Insulin and Bryonia. These “remedies” don’t work because the original ingredient that was supposed to help with diabetes has been so completely diluted by homeopathic labs that barely a molecule remains once it is ingested in the body. For a general overview see: http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2013/10/17-concise-reasons-why-homeopathy-is.html
The 121 page downloadable book Diabetes Free is one of the top internet diabetes scams. For $37 you can get to the root of diabetes and send it on its way! Links are provided to fabricated product review sites that the company itself set up. No publisher is identified and its author is a fake medical specialist with no credentials. The San Diego Consumers’ Action Network did some research:
“The author is an unknown. Not only does the site fail to offer the credentials of the so-called doctor, but a Google search turned up nothing but a family doctor in Massachusetts with no expertise in diabetes. It is a common strategy of these scammers to use “doctor” names that are very common. He claims he’s risking his career to bring this information to you. Truth is there is no career to risk because he doesn’t exist. One tip-off: not many medical researchers have a trained announcer’s voice.” http://www.sandiegocan.org/2015/03/15/scam-alert-stay-free-of-diabetes-free-miracle-shake-scam/
When you read these deceptive and exaggerated claims from internet swindlers, you know it’s time to click the “x” in the corner:
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Just one source used to fleece the desperate:
Many of the e-books and videos promoting miracle cures and quack medicine come from the Boise, Idaho company Clickbank. For a small fee anyone can write an e-book or e-course and promote their product through Clickbank, the undisputed leader in digital marketing. The company boasts 6 million e-books, courses and instructional videos. The authors are never asked to substantiate any claims made:
“While ClickBank is most definitely not a scam, the problem that many people have is that ClickBank doesn’t have any requirements or screening process that stops disreputable companies from using their services. The ClickBank marketplace is literally open to everyone. Since ClickBank is considered a reputable company, when customers see the ClickBank logo on a payment page, they feel as though that is a sort of testimony to the quality of the product they are purchasing, when, in reality, the two things have nothing to do with one another. ClickBank will sell a terrible program just as willingly as a great program.” http://reviewopedia.com/workathome/clickbank-reviews-is-clickbank-a-scam-or-legit/
Helpful web sites:
Managing Diabetes http://www.joslin.org/info/managing-diabetes.html
Take Charge of Your Diabetes from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/tcyd.pdf
National Diabetes Education Program http://ndep.nih.gov/
Type 2 Diabetes: A Doctor’s Surprising Assertion http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2014/04/type-2-diabetes-doctors-surprising.html
Photo: https://www.adclinic.com/2011/11/free-seminar-nov-17-discussion-about-diabetes/ CC