Beware of These Diabetes Medications

Illegally marketed diabetes medications could be harmful, FDA warns

(RxWiki News) If something sounds too good to be true, it's probably a scam. That thinking applies to some recent products marketed as cures for diabetes.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about some products being marketed to prevent, treat and even cure diabetes. 

Here are some of the promises these products are making, according to the FDA:

  • "Lowers your blood sugar naturally!"
  • "Inexpensive therapy to fight and eliminate type 2 diabetes!"
  • "Protects your eyes, kidneys and blood vessels from damage!"
  • "Replaces your diabetes medicine!"
  • "Effective treatment to relieve all symptoms of diabetes!" 
  • "Natural diabetes cure!"

The FDA is advising consumers to not believe these claims and not use these illegally marketed products.

The agency is saying these products may actually contain ingredients that can cause harm or are only obtained through a prescription. Not knowing what ingredients are in these products can be dangerous, especially if other medications can interact with them.

Also, using products like these may actually delay proper diabetes treatment and, in turn, may increase the risk of more serious health issues, according to the FDA. 

"Products that promise an easy fix might be alluring, but consumers are gambling with their health," said Jason Humbert, a commander with the US Public Health Service, of the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, in a press release. "In general, diabetes is a chronic disease, but it is manageable. And people can lower their risk for developing complications by following treatments prescribed by health care professionals, carefully monitoring blood sugar levels, and sticking to an appropriate diet and exercise program." 

The FDA has issued letters to companies marketing these products, which are marketed as dietary supplements, alternative medications, homeopathic products and over-the-counter medications. 

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.