This is coming from the FDA, so take it for what you think it's worth. I do believe there are a lot of scams and garbage out there, but I also know that the FDA is not a fan of natural or alternative treatments for anything.
Here is an excerpt:
"As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow, illegally sold products promising to prevent, treat, and even cure diabetes are flooding the marketplace.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use such products. They may contain harmful ingredients or may be otherwise unsafe, or may improperly be marketed as over-the-counter (OTC) products when they should be marketed as prescription products. They carry an additional risk if they cause consumers to delay or discontinue effective treatments for diabetes. Without proper disease management, people with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing serious health complications.
“People with chronic or incurable diseases may feel desperate and become easy prey."
Read the whole article here http://www.diabeteshealth.com/type-2/beware-o... and you can also go to the page where it shows the companies that they issued warning letters to. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourse...
For me, I tend to avoid paying the nutty prices for anything that is "diabetes specific" and I have found a lot of great things by going outside the norm. You have to do what feels right for you, and this article can at least give you a heads up on what is going on out there.
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