Sidetrack the quacks!

30c822db-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a 0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a Tip 12Hear about a miracle diabetes treatment that sounds too good to be true? It probably is. Unfortunately, there are people who prey on the hopes of the chronically ill, peddling useless treatments and miracle cures. Be a smart consumer and stay alert to these red flags of quackery:

The “C” Word. There is currently no cure for diabetes. Anyone that claims their product does so is not being honest.

All Flash, No Substance. Advertisers who offer testimonials and “expert” commentary instead of clinical studies probably don’t have the scientific research to back their product.

Beware of Buzzwords. If the ad includes words like “amazing,” “life-changing,” and “miraculous,” be careful. These are often a smokescreen for a lack of valid research on the efficacy of a product.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink. Products that claim to treat everything from bunions to bursitis will most likely only help empty your wallet.

If you have questions about the effectiveness of a treatment, supplement, or other therapy, talk with your diabetes care team before making the purchase.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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