Diabetic products??

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-09-17 22:19:18 -0500
Started 2008-08-31 15:38:48 -0500

Latley I have been noticing alot of lotions and soaps and toothpastes that supposidly good choices for diabetics. And, it made me wonder: i am spending all my money for nothing? are "regular" products just as good? Would love to hear what others think about this.

13 replies

Toma 2008-09-17 22:19:18 -0500 Report

Hi DonnaAnne,

I have to agree with a lot of what has already been said. There are lots of scams directed at type 2 diabetics. There are two things I strongly support. A good Omega 3 fish oil supplement and Vitamin D tablets but both are cheap, readily available and effective. I think most such as the very high priced specialty juices, the magic pills for curing or controlling type 2 diabetes are just an attempt to get in our pockets. Probably the same for so many of the “specialty” diabetic products. I went from very poorly controlled to very well controlled without any of them. I do eat far better than I did when I was diagnosed but even the foods are not that special or exotic. (not even organic) In my opinion the very best way to handle type 2 diabetes is to get the diet right. When that is done, just about everything else takes care of it’s self. We have remarkable bodies that will take care of many problems if we just feed it right. A lot of what we get as co-conditions with type 2 diabetes are other inflammatory diseases. Get rid of the inflammatory foods we have gotten so used to in the past 58 years and most of these either improve drastically or go away entirely.

Charish 2008-09-05 11:28:04 -0500 Report

I don't use those speciality products I use regular products like everybody else. I've found that these so call products that are geared to specific catagories of people aren't always the best buy, but simply cost you more because they are branded specialty. I find the use of everyday products is just as good and the cost remains at a minimum. So we have to remember that these items are labled for specific groups of people simply to get you to buy a more expensive product because they know if states for you with unheard of results you are most likely to buy it. Not me I stick to what I know. There are some products that do what it states but the general idea is to shop around and try out some of theses things for yourself to see what product is best for you.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-05 11:16:37 -0500 Report

Hi DonnaAnn, I like what Gabby said ther are lots of Companies JUMPING ON THE BAND WAGON to take their share of profits from an ever growing population. I honestly believe if we all took the time to read the very small print labels we wouldn't find anything differn't, interesting to study though

DonnaAnn 2008-09-04 22:24:56 -0500 Report

My doctor is a nice lady, but not very smart when it comes to these things. So asking her about products is a waste of breathe.
I just think it is awful that the manufactures of these products take advantage of an illness.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-09-01 11:45:33 -0500 Report

I've never used them and never felt the need to. I guess if you swallow the tooth paste it might matter. If you want to know, ask your doctor — but I've always figured lotion is lotion unless I need it BECAUSE of something related to my diabetes. *shrugs*

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-09-01 10:01:17 -0500 Report

I have tried the candies, the shakes and the snack bars. I just spent 4,000.00 on my teeth. Actually 1450.00 out of pocket before I changed jobs. One hygienist said use Total toothpaste, the other said, Crest Toal Care, I said what is this? Do I look like I am rich? The bottom line is that crest has 6/7 different care systems, plaque, whitten, floride, etc.. They all do something and is one better than the other ? NO! If you don't brush properly and at least twice daily and floss once a day. Forget the tooth paste it wont help. Most of the stuff to help like the shakes and choc bars are so rich they give you gas. Plus if you have this kind of money, get you medications and eat properly and you wont need these things.

caspersmama 2008-09-09 04:43:29 -0500 Report

I do use the Total toothpaste because I like the taste better than the Crest. But I think it is all a matter of preferance. I do buy the Russell Stover Sugar free candies they are great and you cannot tell the difference.

DonnaAnn 2008-09-01 02:00:03 -0500 Report

I really had to ask this after reading a toothpaste ad! isnt brushing my teeth enough? now I have to buy a specific toothpaste?
I dont like heavy products and at a class we were given a packet with a lotion in it. Kind of made me mad because the whole thing was backed by the ADA. I have to wonder if the ADA gets kick backs from giving away these products.

GabbyPA 2008-08-31 18:15:09 -0500 Report

I think there is a lot of "gimmic" advertising for products to fit a niche. Since we are one of the fastest growing consumer groups, everyone wants to jump on the band wagon.
There are some things that are geared for us that I tend to use. Mostly supplements and lotions. Other than that, foods, drinks, hygene products, clothing or anything else that is Diabetic specific I don't bother with. It usually costs more for less product and they rarely are much better for us. It is not always that way, but I don't have anything with that diabetic lable on it except my supplements.
If there is a specific product you want to know about, add it to the Product Reviews and see if anyone gives you any feedback on if they like it or not.

DiabeticizMe 2008-08-31 16:37:22 -0500 Report


I think diabetic products work the same as regular products. I think manufactors like to make money off of diabetic's by adding Diabetic in the front of it…it's like "Sugar Free" products, most of them are not good for us at all.

nataschaG 2008-08-31 16:03:35 -0500 Report

Interesting, I was wondering the same thing so I thought I would try some. I have tried Kerasal DF, and DiabetiDerm. I really do not care much for the DiabetiDerm, but the kerasal Df is very nice and affordable. After washing my feet at night I rub them down with this lotion and sleep with socks on. My feet feel so good in the morning and they will be nicely moisturized not greasy. All in all I think it is better than regular lotion and is worth a try.

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