Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

According to the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “there is not enough scientific evidence to show that any dietary supplement can help manage or prevent Type 2 diabetes.” It reports that you should be very careful when using dietary supplements because they may be linked to kidney disease.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to remove from the market illegal dietary supplements that claim to manage, cure, or prevent diabetes. Fifteen companies have received warnings that their products violate federal law. The FDA is advising people to seek proper care for diabetes and to consult with their doctors before taking any dietary supplements. On the organization’s website, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, says, “Consumers who buy violative products that claim to be treatments are not only putting themselves at risk but also may not be seeking necessary medical attention, which could affect their diabetes management.”

If you have diabetes and are considering a dietary supplement, learn more at NCCIH’s dietary supplements webpage.

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