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Supplements That Claim To Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar Lack Scientific Proof

January 17, 2011: 11:05 AM EST

A large variety of dietary supplements promise to help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar, but experts warn that there’s virtually no scientific evidence backing the claims. Examples of products from alternative medicine companies include Sugar Crush, which contains herbs like common sage, cinnamon, hibiscus, etc., and Blood Sugar, whose main ingredients are cinnamon bark and chromium. A research chemist with the USDA has found some evidence that cinnamon and chromium do increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. But endocrinologist Dr. Daniel Einhorn of UC San Diego says there are only two proven, reliable ways to control blood sugar without using prescription medications: a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Chris Woolston, "Alternative treatments for diabetes -- do they work?", Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2011, © Los Angeles Times
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