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The Biggest Diabetes Scams

October 31st, 2006 · 106 Comments

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People like me who deal with diabetes every day on the Internet know that the hucksters are targeting us more and more with their scams and schemes. For people in business, diabetes has a well-deserve reputation as a growth industry.

But until now it seems to have escaped the notice of the U.S. government that we are getting ripped off more and more. Surprisingly, it is one of the government’s least aggressive agencies that just went after these bums.

I don’t remember ever hearing about the Federal Trade Commission having anything to do with diabetes until this week. But the FTC has now gone after these bad actors with gusto.

Working with the Food and Drug Administration and the governments of Canada and Mexico, the FTC has sent out about 180 warning letters. The FTC says that it’s sent warning letters for deceptive ads to 84 U.S. and seven Canadian Web sites that target American consumers. The agency also referred an additional 21 sites to other foreign governments. About a quarter of the firms have already changed their claims or removed their pages from the Internet, and several others are in contact with FTC, the agency says.

Even more aggressively and imaginatively, the FTC has set up a sort of sting operation. It’s not what we typically think of as a sting, because potential customers – you and me – are the stingees.

To get a bit of consumer education just click on Glucobate. “Glucobate™ acts at the microcellular level to attack the cause of the disease. What’s the secret? Cucumis melo — or Elixir of Muskmelon — an all-natural sugar regulator with none of the side effects of the medications that break your budget without curing your condition.”

That would be wonderful if true. But when you click on the “order now” button, you learn that Glucobate is really Glucofake. The FTC fakes us out so we will start to be a little more skeptical of the ads that we read on the Internet. Do take a look at the excellent tips the FTC offers to help us make sound judgements about them.

That’s quite helpful. But what I think is best about this joint effort is that the FDA is naming names. It’s “List of Firms Receiving Warning Letters for Marketing Unproven Dietary Supplements for Diabetes with Illegal Drug Claims” is online.

The list has some big names. It includes several companies that people send me emails all the time asking about.

I know several of these so well that I don’t have to look them up. They include Beta Fast GXR at, RiSoTriene at, and last but certainly not least, Diamaxol, the new name for Diabeticine at, which hosts this blog, is blocking ads from all of the 28 sites that the FDA announced that it sent the 24 warning letters to. So am I on my site. As the government lets us know the names and addresses of the other sites that it has warned, we will block their ads too. It’s the least that we can do to help the government’s crack down and to help people with diabetes.

I don’t recommend that you look at these sites. It actually made me sick to the stomach to read the outrageous claims there. But any time you’re tempted to waste your money, this may be handy.

Here is the complete list of the sites for which the FDA sent out warning letters. This is actually a small fraction of the scam sites out there, and you can be sure that some of these scammers will set up new sites in an effort to keep fooling us. But this is a start:

This is a mirror of one of my articles that was originally published on Health Central.


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106 responses so far ↓

  • 1 susan // Dec 7, 2009 at 10:01 am

    anyone know about gluco-sure?

  • 2 Ron McManus // Feb 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I have two bottles of diabeticine that I bought
    a few years ago(didn’t work). The web site was different:
    Dr. Thao’s cellular Health
    I hope that this is of use.
    Thanks, Ron McManus

  • 3 Connie // Mar 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

    So what natural supplements DO work?

  • 4 David Mendosa // Mar 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Dear Connie,

    I’m glad that you asked! I know of just two: fish (or krill) oil for omega-3 and vitamin D for many conditions.

    Best regards,


  • 5 danielle fernandez // Jun 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    hey has anyone heard of my grandparents used it and my grandmother is in the hospital now due to it. it is a dietary plan that supposedly has fake doctors and is being sued by peoples family because of their family members death. please my mother and i have been searching like crazy any information please reply back!


  • 6 Ron McManus // Jun 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Danielle Fernandez, do you mean metametrix? I typed in
    metmetrix and got a whole page of info. The page
    asked me if I meant metametrix.


  • 7 Deb // Sep 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Scammer (Allan Spreen below)or Not? selling Gluco-Sure….does it work for high blood sugar control?
    Your Nutrition Physician,

    Allan Spreen, M.D.
    Chief Research Advisor
    NorthStar Nutritionals

    Is this guy a scammer and does Gluco-Sure work?thanks…tired of all the ads taking our money and products not delivering there claims. thanks deb

  • 8 Pam // Oct 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Apparently Glucose Essentials by Dr. Whitaker actually works. It’s working for my husband and it worked wonders for a friend who couldn’t get her blood sugar under control. She’s thin, eats right and exercises, yet it wouldn’t go down. After a few months on Glucose Essentials she now registers as non-diabetic on her A1c. Her doctor is amazed! My husband hasn’t had a follow-up A1c test yet. Due in couple of weeks, so we shall see, but he feels better!

  • 9 Susan Wojenski // Oct 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Be very careful of too much Vit D 3 – I had horrific side effects/stomach pain. The endocrinologist I was seeing prescribed 50,000 units 2 times a month – I finally stopped it and the pain is finally gone. I had every test and nothing came back to prove anything. So I went off all meds and gradually added them back and found the biggest culprit was the D -I’d rather be defficiant than have the pain. It is the latest badwagon Drs are on – “you must have enough Vit D” Well not me.

  • 10 Paulette Heller // Nov 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Susan it could be if you took a good brand of D3 in smaller daily doses you might find it doesn’t bother you at all.

    My doctor did the same. I substituted his D3 pharmaceutical grade for MY health food store D3 and my blood works showed I was normal and I felt great in the process.

  • 11 Joey // Nov 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    How much Vitamin D (in IU) “works”?
    Do you know the toxicity levels?
    How about for the fish oils?

  • 12 David Mendosa // Nov 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Joey,

    Good questions. The official recommendation for vitamin D is 400 IU per day. But to get high enough levels in our bodies most of the people who specifically study vitamin D recommend 5,000 IU.

    For the toxic level please read my article at

    Cold-water fish and fish oil does provide some vitamin D, but not at the levels we need.


  • 13 ryan @ vitamin d3 // Dec 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    On the topic of Vitamin D I’ve learned it plays an essential role in the body which is absolutely necessary for the absorption and maintenance of calcium. Having the right levels of calcium in the body enables the maintenance of the appropriate structure within the bones, teeth and proper functioning of the nervous system. This is the major reason why we require the appropriate levels of vitamin D in our body. Vitamin D belongs to a group of fat-soluble vitamins. This means you need to transport the fats.

  • 14 alex stone // Mar 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    using gluco-sure….has anyone had side effects from this ????

  • 15 John Mira // Jun 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Anyone heard of Gluco Complete? A friend swears by it. It seems to contain Thiamine, cinnamon and chromium. The website with the pitch is

  • 16 Pam // Jun 14, 2011 at 6:40 am

    As for Vit. D, the high dosage ones that are prescribed are not necessarily D3 but D2 and can have some nasty side effects. Try D3 from the healthfood store. My understanding is that if one takes 5,000 IU/day it keeps us at our present level and any increase from there will give some results. Check out and check out all his Vit. D info–it’s very comprehensive. D is very important!

  • 17 susan // Oct 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    anyone know about “eleotin” promoted by dr. young soo kim? scam?

  • 18 David Mendosa // Oct 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Susan,

    What’s happening? This is the third message I received today about Eleotin. What did you read about it? Where?

    Be very careful. All supplements are suspect unless we have awfully good evidence for them because they are not standardized and are not subject to FDA regulation.

    But Eleotin is especially questionable. All you need to do is a Google search for “Eleotin.” The first two hits connect it to Kevin Trudeau. Then read the Wikipedia article at

    Is he really at it AGAIN?

  • 19 paul // Jan 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    thank you for your list of scammers I will deal with Dr whittaker only who hAS AN excellent reputation. you save me money and health issues

  • 20 susan // Jan 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    i would like to hear more about dr. whitaker as well as dr. stefan ripich from people who have had experience with them.

  • 21 connie // Jan 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yes, there are scammers out there but also please keep in mind that the FDA is mainly funded by the drug companies and so they have to protect their financial interest by condemning every known natural remedy. The FDA is very corrupt and they are the last people I would listen to. Just do your homework before buying anything. Don’t forget that the FDA approved drugs are killing us by the thousands every year.

  • 22 John // Jan 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Nobody answered Susans question about Gluco-Sure. I’m curious too

  • 23 David Mendosa // Jan 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Dear John,

    The active ingredients of Gluco-Sure are:

    Biotin (as d-biotin)
    1000 mcg
    (as chromium picolinate)

    400 mcg
    Gencinia® ivy gourd 15:1 extract
    (Coccinia cordifolia) (leaves and fruit)
    1000 mg
    Agaricus blazei 30% extract (fruit)
    (standardized to 30% polysaccharides)

    Perhaps chromium can help some people, those who are deficient in it (a small group of us), but none of the other ingredients have any substantial supporting evidence.


  • 24 Joey // Jan 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    No comments one way or another regarding cinnamon here?

  • 25 Bill // May 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Plenty of comments, no replies. Any responses to Gluco-sure, if it works or not. Thanks

  • 26 David Mendosa // May 9, 2012 at 8:07 am


    Study the ingredients of Gluco-sure! Chromium is one that some people think is lacking in our diet. I am not sure, but if you think so, you can get it straight for a lot less. Biotin is also readily available, but I can’t think of any role that it might play in diabetes management. The two other ingredients are so little known that neither The Natural Pharmacist encyclopedia nor Wikipedia even mention them — much less report ANY trials with them. You decide if this is a scam!

  • 27 marianne valcan // Jul 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

    just heard of gluco-sure. sounds good but does it actually work. Is the Dr. Spreen legit or not?

  • 28 David Mendosa // Jul 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Marianne,

    We don’t have any shortcuts — whether Gluco-sure or anything else to controlling our diabetes. Most of us have to lose weight and all of us need to eat better in order to bring our blood sugar levels down to normal. While we do that, almost all of us have to take a diabetes pill or injection. These are what works.


  • 29 Frank // Jul 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

    To broaden the perspective on Gluco-Sure, I have used it and Gluco Complete for the past several years. I did not find Gluco Complete any better than Gluci-Sure, so I switched back to Gluco-Sure as a natural supplement.

    Now, does Gluco-Sure work?

    I think it does. But you must also – as David has pointed out, do your other “homework,” like eating a low-carb diet and getting some exercise.

    In May of 2011, I weighed 210 pounds and my blood glucose fluctuated wildly. I got a copy of Dr. Stefan Ripich’s “30 Day Diabetes Cure” and started his 10 day boot camp. I kept the Gluco-Sure in the mix and periodically tested my blood glucose.

    Long story short, I am now 173 pounds and my blood sugar has been as low as 71. It sometimes is as high as 120, but not too bad.

    I am now seeing ads from Northstar Nutritionals for SugarSol, a new product. May give that a try.

    Regarding Northstar and Real Advantage – they are basically the same company at the same address. I have tried some other products that did NOT work and have had no problems with refunds when I called them on the phone. Did not even have to return the unused portion of the product.

    And to think my doctor was ready to put me on insulin shots…. Yikes! I was on 7 different meds for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. and I am now off all of those. I had mysterious side effects, such as hip pain and a serious limp. The side effects of some of them are what convinced me to get off the Big Pharma gravy train and pay better attention to what was recommended in the first place for my diabetes II condition: Get some exercise and lose weight. Ripich’s guidelines are not actually a cure, and he says so in the book, but they certainly changed my life back to one with a brighter, happier future.

    I hope this has helped some of you.

  • 30 therese // Jul 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    My husband had very good results lowering his blood sugar by eating bitter melon. The morning after a meal which included bitter melon , blood sugar would be normal or close to it. The taste though is atrocious! He “doctors” it up with spices n curry n bragg aminos soy sauce etc. However I can’t stand it. That’s why I’m very interested in the ivy gourd.

  • 31 Tamra // Jul 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    In order for a drug to have it’s “effect” it has to accomplish 2 things- “poison crucial enzymes & block your body’s receptors” -Dr. David Brownstien. This is fine for emergent care , however, this continued process over time will cause the body to suffer in other ways (negative side effects anyone?) And I agree with the post above about the FDA. The greed for money overshadows true ethics in all walks of life. Big Pharma is in it for profits. Some of the FDA retirees walk out the door and into positions as CEO’s of the very companies they regulated. Talk about a conflict of interest! Also, it was just recently that Smith Glaxo-Kline was slapped a huge 3.2 billion fine (Yes, that’s billions, not millions) for using several of their drugs off -label. (Like using Paxil as drug for depression AND as a weight loss drug) Also part of this fine was for the unscrupulous marketing incentives they threw at Doctors for prescribing their drugs!!!! That’s why conventional medicine is fast becomming nothing more that a patient getting about 8 minutes of a Dr’s time and then being given a drug prescription.- No Thanks. They are not even trained well on how to understand the bodies biggest defense mechanisim of all- The IMMUNE SYSTEM!!

  • 32 Mike // Jul 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    My wife had pancreatic cancer surgery, wound up with type II diabetes. metformin made her very ill. has to take insulin. she started taking GlucoComplete and she dropped her insulin units from 25 to 15 and her fasting blood-sugar readings went from the 300-450 range to 100-124. been taking GlucoComplete 4 months, but she hasn’t been in the hospital for anything since March’12.

  • 33 Murray // Oct 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Hi Mike – same thing with me (Whipples, then Type 2), now looking out for natural diabetes control measures. Happy to compare notes via email if you like? Will look into “GlucoComplete” based on your notes. Has anyone heard of “Naavudi”?

  • 34 Dan Karkoulas // Dec 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    What’s the latest news on thiamin/benfotiamin and retinopathy?

  • 35 David Mendosa // Dec 16, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Dear Dan,

    I keep watching for new research, but haven’t seen anything since I wrote.



  • 36 tom meade // Dec 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    please send me samples of your newsletters or your update info by email. thanks ? please be sure before any charges are required to inform me first for my prior approval . thanks again


  • 37 David Mendosa // Dec 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Dear Tom,

    I don’t have any charge for my newsletter. You can see any or all back issues online at:

    and you can subscribe by going to: and following the prompts.



  • 38 Dale Cavallin // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Moderate hypertension, trying to stay off all meds and looking for herbal remedies while keeping my weight down. My wife has had diabetes for 15 years, well under control but still looking for the best way to eliminate all meds.

  • 39 Bill // Mar 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I have used Gluco-Sure for some time now and have found it works for me. My glucose reading was 135 when I started. I am now running between 112 and 118 which I consider a big improvement. Have shown my Doctor my bottle and his response was whatever is working “Keep doing it.” I have not changed my already reasonable low carb diet.

  • 40 dave // Aug 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    what about gluco harmony

  • 41 David Mendosa // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Dear Dave,

    I don’t know anything about it, except that it must be expensive and that you can almost certainly do better simply by avoiding grains and sugars.



  • 42 Diane // Sep 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I have read all previous comments concerning different supplements and have seen nothing pertaining to CinnaPure, which brought me to this site. All advice involving this supplement would be greatly appreciated and considered. Thanks!

  • 43 David Mendosa // Sep 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Dear Diane,

    I haven´t studied CinnaPure. But I am no fan of trying to manage diabetes with cinnamon or other supplements. I highly recommend managing our blood sugar levels instead with a very low-carb diet.



  • 44 Tina Swaim // Nov 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Dear Dave,

    Glad to have found your blog and newsletter. I am 64 yrs old and am a diabetic with vision damage from glaucoma in both eyes. I have ungone three drainage implant surgeries. I have been somewhat successful in controlling my diabetes through diet and exercise, but have been slipping lately (once a sugar addict always an addict I think. I battle with it daily). I also take Dr. Whitaker’s Glucose Essentials and Vision Essentials. Both products seem to help. I also have been taking Can-C (N-Acetylcarnosine), which hasn’t completely dissolved the cataract in my right but I can see much better in that eye since I’ve been using the drops for the last 7 months. I also believe the drops have kept the cataract in my left from developing. Both conditions were diagnosed by my opthlamologist. Here’s my question: I have recently received literature promoting two different products that sound awfully good. One is Dr. Mikles’ Gluco Harmony, which is said to control blood sugar and contains bitter melon, pterocarpus marsuplum, gymnema sylvestre, curcumin, fenugreek seeds, shilajit, cinnamon, banaba leaf, and holy basil (interestiing no chromium). The pamphlet sites studies as evidence for each ingredient. site boasts hundreds of positive reviews. The other product is Diabetic Nerve Rejuvenator that is advertised to be the result of Patrick Lecky’s personal research of products he has taken over the past twenty years. According to Mr. Lecky’s article in the Diabetic Health Letter (which appears to be published by National World Supplements), he is a diabetic with severe neuropathy and took his research information to the president of Natural World Supplements, who agreed to formulate the product and who distributes it. It is said to contain ALA, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Biotin, Lecithin, Myoinositol, and Aloe Vera (interesting no Chromium). I have heard of some of the benefits of most of these ingredients, and this product seems to contain proven ingredients and might be worth a try. Although you can try the product for one month “free” for optimum results, it’s recommended using the product for 6 months. The offer is buy three 1-month bottles and get three bottles free. I am wondering what your thoughts might be on both/either product.

    Thank you,

  • 45 David Mendosa // Nov 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Tina,

    I am sorry, but all of these concoctions have only one purpose: to make money for the seller. For you and me and others who have diabetes we have two problems:

    First, that these ingredients aren’t proven to help.

    Second, even if they were, we could buy them separately at much less cost.

    Do no harm,


  • 46 Benny McKee // Nov 24, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Dear Tina:
    I have been using Gluco-Sure for the past couple of years and it keeps my blood sugar down. Keep in mind that I also cut sugar intake such as no ice cream or soda and cakes or pastry only a couple times each week, etc. Boxed items from the store I avoid if sugar content is more than 8 grams and that includes boxed cereal. I buy Gluco-Sure from North Star Nutritional, ph.800-895-2108.

  • 47 Gary Jensen // Dec 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    In July I was taking three Metforman a day, plus 100 units plus a day of insulin, neither did the job that they were supposed to do, and could only see my levels rising even though I watched my diet.

    I am taking L-Arginine and L-Carnitine daily for cleaning out my vessels and arteries in my legs and the repair of the nerves in my feet(neuropathy) there is no longer any danger of cutting my toes off.

    I started using Dr Whitaker’s Berberine 500 mg three times daily, and by the end of the first week, I no longer had glucose swings, and by the end of the week, I was off of the insulin.

    I use NOW Foods supplements for the Taurine, the L-Arginine 500 mgs. I also use Astaxanthin 4 mg twice a day to improve my eyesight.

  • 48 David Mendosa // Dec 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Dear Gary,

    I am so happy for you! What is your most recent A1C level?



  • 49 Gary Jensen // Dec 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    A1C : 6, a side benefit is that my bad cholesterol since taking the Berberine and Taurine are in the normal range, for the first time in 18 years. My good cholesterol is a little low, however believe it will get better.

  • 50 David Mendosa // Dec 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Gary,

    Your HDL cholesterol, the good one, will increase. You are doing great!



  • 51 Gary Jensen // Dec 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm


    I have studied modern and alternative medicine since 1979. There are good and probably some bad products, I spend time looking at many different products, and only use those that I have a reasonable assurance that they will work. I looked at Berberine three years ago, and I dismissed it because I was not taking a large number of units of insulin. I wished that I would of tried it then.

  • 52 Lydia J // Feb 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I have been taking Berberine for the last 2 years, the numbers for blood sugar & cholestral are great, unfortunately if I take 3 dosages per day, I end up with severe stomach cramping and the trotters. Also the electrolytes & Vitamin D are sky high. I have now cut down to 2 berberine pills a day, the numbers are still impressive, but the electrolytes & Vitamin D are still to high. I am stopping all intake of Berberine.

  • 53 David Mendosa // Feb 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Lydia,

    Thank you for sharing your warning about berberine. From looking at all the email that I get about it, this is the hot new supplement. Somebody is pushing it hard!



  • 54 patricia // Mar 3, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I have been following your advice about carb intake (limit 50 grams/day), and had immediate results with weight loss (80 lbs in 10 months) and lowered a1c (from 7.4 to 6.0).
    I struggled with dawn phenomena but recently read your blog on that and am less preoccupied with it now. Tried several things (organic apple cider vinegar, no carbs at all after 5pm, cinnamon, etc.) without any positive results. However, I would advise caution with CINNAMON. When cinnamon tea was not effective, I tried a supplement called Cinsulate. Before trying it, I called the US distributor and was told that it was the same product (dosage and manufacturer) as used in the European trials. After 3 months I had an intensely painful UTI with blood in urine, then 3 months later a recurrence, same intensity. Stopped the Cinsulate and have had no further problem, but I have become so sensitized to cinnamon that I can no longer use it in my cooking.
    (I had no history of UTIs other than one mild instance over 45 years ago, during the first month of marriage — my doctor’s euphemystic (sic) diagnosis was “honeymoon cystitis.”)
    I have also read recently of acute renal failure in persons using concentrated green tea supplements for weight loss.

    So, otherwise, I am making progress but still have a way to go. This year my target is exercise, which is difficult since I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, but I have found a local group for that and have been able to make a start.
    Take care everyone out there, and keep on working at it….pat

  • 55 David Mendosa // Mar 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Dear Patricia,

    Thank you for the warning!



  • 56 Victor Monterroso // Apr 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    If you do not like any of these herbs, what is it that you like. I may say that I’m drinking Gluco Harmoni , and it does drop my glucose. I was drinking metformin and only a doctor can prescribe it, so it is too expensive and it does have negative side effects, i drank Glipizide, for me it is as espensive as any other pill doctors prescribe. I feel more safe with herbs, I don’t have to pay the bureaucracy of the doctor .

  • 57 David Mendosa // Apr 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Dear Victor,

    Thanks for your message. I am, however, puzzled by your “drinking” metformin and Glipizide. I’ve never heard of that! Please explain. Anyway, metformin is one of the least expensive and safest medications we have for diabetes with very few side effects. While I am glad that you feel safe with herbs, I don’t share that feeling because, unlike prescription drugs, they haven’t been rigorously tested and we don’t know the appropriate dosage or even how strong they are from batch to batch. Anyway, it’s good that it brings down your glucose level. Is your A1C below 6.0 yet?



  • 58 eir // Jun 3, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Dear David.

    I am 63, new to diabetes. what herbs products will you recommebed .


  • 59 David Mendosa // Jun 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Meir,

    Actually, I don’t have any herbs that I recommend for diabetes. For good eating, yes! But not to manage our disease.



  • 60 ELAINE NARKE // Jun 9, 2014 at 10:32 am


  • 61 David Mendosa // Jun 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Dear Elaine,

    I don’t have anything to add to what I replied to Dave on August 24, 2013, here.



  • 62 Brenda // Jun 28, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Hi , can you tell me if you have had any reviews or opinions about ” Advanced glucose support” sold by North Star nutritionals ?

  • 63 David Mendosa // Jun 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Dear Brenda,

    Thanks for asking. I wouldn’t call it a scam, but you can buy the ingredients (vitamin D-3, magnesium, and chromium) a lot less expensive otherwise! I do think that those of us who have diabetes usually need vitamin D-3 and magnesium, although I am still not convinced that we need more chromium.



  • 64 Andy Cox // Oct 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    This is a great site!! I had no idea that this was out here.

    I am trying to find out more about The Diabetes Protocol which is a program on line that apparently gives you a dietary program with all the details and schedules needed and they say after several weeks of following their program you should be able to go off of all Diabetes medications and go back to your old diet and just do the program a few times a year to maintain your system.

    I have done google searches and found lots of sites that talk about it but I noticed that they all read almost exactly the same. The same gammer errors and spelling mistakes on almost every site. I have been ripped off before and don’t want to be again but I would also like to get my type 2 under control and get on a diet that i can actually stay on.

    Does anyone have experience with this program??


  • 65 John Quigley // Nov 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I too have type 2 diabetes, presently taking 2 metformin 850 per day. Also taking Berberine only 1 500 mg per day. Also take magnesium and d-3 daily. My last A1C was 6.2. Used to play golf but had spine fused in 2006 and have not played since. Planning to try to get back into it in the next couple of months, need to work up to it since exercise is not my forte since the surgery. Anyway I too was looking at Gluco-Sure, think I will keep doing what I am and leave that one alone.

  • 66 David Mendosa // Nov 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Good thinking, John!

  • 67 Carolyn Turcotte // Dec 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Hi – I’m 52, type 2 diabetic taking 1000 mg of metformin daily. I know my A1C is not good enough, and I struggle with my diet, time for exercise, stress levels and getting enough sleep. I just came across a website – and am wondering what is known about this. Sounds plausible and yet too good to be true. And it’s not very expensive – only $37. Talks about how big Pharma is trying to suppress the information – which makes sense but also seems too conspiracy theory-like. If there was actually a cure, really and truly, wouldn’t the insurance industry fight big Pharma to bring it to light? The amount of money they would save would far outweigh what big Pharma would lose, right? Would really appreciate any feedback.

  • 68 David Mendosa // Dec 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    You are absolutely right. Excellent point that our insurance companies would love a cure for diabetes almost as much as we would. The government too. I have looked carefully into this and without question it is a scam.

    Best regards,

  • 69 Carolyn Turcotte // Dec 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Thanks – I figured but you never know, right? If it was for real, I’m sure it would have blown up world-wide by now.

  • 70 David Mendosa // Dec 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    You are so right about that.

    Best regards,

  • 71 Elda Rodriguez // Dec 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    My closest friend went toDR. WHITTAKER CLINIC for allergy reasons and while there saw a patient “cleaned” from extreme high glucose to Normal readings using his protocol.
    I am in the process of getting it as other ftiends are using it with good results. There is also a book that shows changes needed to success by this Dr. Some of the supplements can be found under other brands, but also remember that not all are good enough.

  • 72 David Mendosa // Dec 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Dear Elda,

    I don’t have any reason to think that Dr Whittaker is selling a scam. He has been helping people with diabetes for years

    With Metta,

  • 73 Gary Jensen // Dec 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Dear David, Elda, et al

    Dr. Whittaker and his staff of doctors are the very best at helping those that need their services. Those that are expecting an overnight cure for the ailments. One needs to be patient in following diet, exercise, and an upbeat view that you are going to beat the deficiency that you have, and soon you will get better.

  • 74 Gary Jensen // Dec 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I will put in my two cents worth on vitamin D-3. It has been my experience that D-3 does very little by itself. To make it work effectively it should be coupled with K-2. It should be taken with a large dose of magnesium for greater effectiveness. I have upped my dose of D-3 and K-2 to 3,000 iu a day. A suggestion, if you have upset stomach that you may think is related drink a half a glass of water 10 minutes prior to taking the products and the other half glass of water when taking the supplement.

  • 75 David Mendosa // Dec 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Gary,

    You post concerns me a little. I hope that you aren’t indicating that Dr. Whittaker is currently promising overnight cures for diabetes. Please tell me that it’s not so!

    Best regards,

  • 76 David Mendosa // Dec 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Gary,

    Good points. Especially for balancing out any calcium supplements that we take we do need to take magnesium, K2, as well and D3. I take all of these myself.

    Best regards,

  • 77 Dell // Dec 19, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hey Carolyn Turcotte,

    In the Diabetes Cure video, they keep saying that the $37 is a deposit. I found myself being concerned as to the Real cost.

    Best of Success,

  • 78 Dale // Jan 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Dear David et al.

    I am diabetic type 2. My last A1c was 6.7 (worst yet in 20 years since diagnosis). I have pretty much limited any bread I consume to complex whole grain breads (country grain, cape seed, etc). I cannot seem to cut back on grains. Are some safer than others? Is there a form of bread that is safer for diabetics? I’ve seen protein bread made from soy, but then there’s the concern about unfermented soy. Thanks in advance.


  • 79 David Mendosa // Jan 4, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Dear Dale,

    Cutting out grains, particularly wheat, is hard as I know from my own experience. You may well have to go cold turkey, which works for addictions like these. Wheat truly is addicting and has nothing to offer us. Have you read “Wheat Belly” and “Grain Brain,” two books that I reviewed?

    Best regards,

  • 80 duane p // Jan 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    what do you know about a product called bio-trust 1c-5tm claims to be all natural no fillers no sawdust etc. i am type 2 and searching for way to improve my diabetes. so much hype and not knowing truth or fiction can you head me in the right direction. thanks duane

  • 81 David Mendosa // Jan 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dear Duane,

    Please read my articles about supplements. Like all supplements, this product is nothing but untested and unstandardized ones. It could help you or it could kill you.

    Good luck,

  • 82 Dale // Jan 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Dear David,

    Thanks for the book recommendations. I will read them. Cold turkey (yikes), but under the circumstances, I’ll have to go that route.


  • 83 Siamak // Jan 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Dear David, No questions, just wanted to wish you a great 2015 and thank you for the years of support and fantastic source of critical information.



  • 84 David Mendosa // Jan 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Dear Siamak,

    I appreciate your kind words very much.

    With metta,

  • 85 Ernest // Jan 7, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Hi! I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a couple of weeks ago. Still in shock.

    My doctor has prescribed metformin and a statin to bring down the cholesterol.

    For my part, for now I have largely come off carbs and have started exercising to reduce weight.

    Any ideas of where I should go to read up and better educate myself what to do?

  • 86 David Mendosa // Jan 7, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Dear Ernest,

    Sorry that you joined our club! But you have come to the right place. Please start by reading my articles here and a book by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein entitled “Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution,” 4th edition.

    With metta,

  • 87 Ernest // Jan 7, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thank you. My doctor prescribed 2,000 mg of Metformin daily but the specialist reduced it to 500 mg as he wants to see how I do with diet, exercise and lifestyle changes first. Sounds sensible.

    Have just ordered Dr Bernstein’s book and will start reading your articles.

    Many thanks

  • 88 Dean // Jan 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Recently diagnosed with Blood Sugar level of 8.9
    Dr put me on Metformin . I am limiting my carb intake and exorcising 15 minutes each morning. What concerns me most is the pain in my hands and itchiness on my body . Just purchased Dr. Bernstein’s book and waiting for it to arrive . Is my condition reversible?

  • 89 David Mendosa // Jan 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Dean,

    The quick answer to your question is a definite YES. Dr. Bernstein’s book is itself the definitive answer.

    Best regards,

  • 90 Carol Taubman // Feb 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I am thrilled with your site. I am 80 but only claim 70 yrs. I had B-cancer (surgery, successful) and ended with type2D. It is lonely out here so I truly thank you. I kept my nos at 6.2a1c for yrs and just this past 6mos it has risen to 7.2. Aint goin to happen, I said so I am looking to Dr. Wittaker and Berrberine for my next step. Thanks, again for you and your info site.

  • 91 David Mendosa // Feb 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Carol,

    Well, I thank YOU for your nice message. But unlike you, I am ONLY 79 and look forward to my 80th birthday in August!

    Best regards,

  • 92 Shamim ahmed // Feb 6, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Dr.:
    I am 71 years old diabetic for the lsat 30 years. After many years on Metformin and Glucotrol, I suddenly started having loose motions from Metformin. Switched to Actos same problem. Now my diabetes is completely out of comtrol. A1c 12.6.

    Please suggest what should use. My doctor says go on insulin. My daily schedule changes every day. I do not want to be insulin dependent for the rest of my life.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


  • 93 David Mendosa // Feb 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Dear Shamin,

    If you have suddenly developed type 1 diabetes in addition to the type 2 that you have had for 30 years — which doesn’t happen often, but it does happen — you must start taking insulin injections to save your life. But if you are just eating a diet that is too high in carbohydrates, you can start reducing your A!C to a normal level pretty soon.

    I do agree with your doctor that you must quickly start going on insulin soon, because levels as high as yours even for a few months can lead to complications. At least start using a basal insulin — Lantus or Levemir — now. Either one of those insulins is very easy to manage, the shots almost never are painful, AND using the insulin now does not at all imply that you will be using it for the rest of your life. When your very low-carb diet kicks in after a few weeks in which you may be tired as your body converts to burning fat, your blood sugar level will drop. Of course, the A1C level measures your average blood sugar level over the previous two or three months, so it will take a few months for your level to get down where it needs to be, which is certainly below 6.0.

    With metta,

  • 94 Siamak // Feb 6, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Ditto to David.

    I have been negligent in my own treatment to the point my HgA1C was 12.2 last Nov. Yikes! I should have known but hey a slice or two of bread don’t matter, rice a bit of sweet don’t matter! eating out once in a while does not marrer, right ? . Actually they ALL do. But do not take anyone’s word for it. Do the research. Get yourself anice meter , I have freestyle light, keeps 7,14 and30 day average, goodindicator of A1C, test regularly, before meals and 2 hrs after. By the numbers. We diabetics have to do for iurselves what happens automagically with non diabetics. Get over it anddo it. Restaurants put lots of salt and sugar in their meals, they tastegood!. Insulin pen is easy to use. Don’t be ashamed to say “I cannot eat that! I amdiabetic”.

    Oh! since you asked, my A1C isdown to 8.1 and going down. No more rice, rice does me in. Very little bread, no pasta, no alcohol,well a beer or two a year does not count. And excercise. A must. still, your choice, by the numbers. And good luck. live long and prosper.

  • 95 David Mendosa // Feb 7, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Ditto to your new comment, Siamak! You make all the right points. Thank you.

    With metta,

  • 96 John Hummel // Feb 7, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Can you tell me anything about gluco health ? I watched a presentation in answer to an Email. I ordered 4 bottles and they offered

  • 97 David Mendosa // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Dear John,

    GlucoHealth has been around for a long time and is widely available. I have checked it out carefully. It probably won’t hurt you anywhere except in your wallet, but it is just a collection of supplements that you could buy for less separately. But the real issue in my mind is precisely that it IS supplements. Please read my articles about supplements. Basically they are like the regular diabetes drugs most people with diabetes take except that the supplements have not been tested for their safety and efficacy and are not standardized.

    Best regards,

  • 98 Siamak // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:44 am

    g’day john. I would be weary of no FDA filtered supplements. At best they work as placebos. Placebos do work sometimes, if you have dollars to burn marvelous. Eating a balanced meal is the best way to receive vitamins your body needs. I know of no short cuts!. Believe me I have tried. I hate being a diabetic. But it appears my darling dad (may he RIP) left me a genetic gift!. I can only manage it. Nothing magic about a diabetic diet. Balanced meal (including carbs) and no refined sugars and hollow calories. Yeah, boring life food and snack wise, but life with less complication. David has great articles on this site, I have learned alot since I followed David all those years ago and I am much better for the knowledge. If someone tells something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is, but research and then decide. By the numbers.

  • 99 Siamak // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dear David.
    What are your thoughts on Milk ?! there is alot of calories and sugar in Milk, even the low fat variety. In fact the low fat variety has more sugar. I am thinking I may be developing lactose intolerance, but not 100% sure until I consult my physician. I guess I don’t really need Milk, and liking it is irrelevant, but hey I cannot just drop everything ?! can I ?. *sigh*.
    Any thoughts ?


  • 100 David Mendosa // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dear Siamak,

    Thank you so much for your wise comment. I agree with it all, even where you write that the best diet includes carbs. Certainly, but of course it is the carbs that raise our blood sugar. So we have to limit them to the best carbs on a very low-carb diet.

    With metta,

  • 101 Siamak // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I am sorry for the doble entry and question on the wrong forum. Will not happen again. Mea Culpa

  • 102 David Mendosa // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Dear Siamak,

    I share your concern about milk and drink it very, very seldom. I don’t even use tea that requires milk. I grew up drinking a lot of milk and loved it. But it has far too many carbs for me. Dairy is a wonderful source of protein and I eat a lot of yogurt (only Straus brand whole-milk organic Greek yogurt, that has far fewer carbs in actuality than the Nutrition Facts label says, as I have written many times) and hard cheese, like cave-aged Gruyere, that has no carbs.

    With metta,

  • 103 Jacque // Feb 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Have you heard anything about the IGF factor, stimulating it to help lower blood sugars?

  • 104 David Mendosa // Feb 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Dear Jacque,

    There was a flurry of news about it in about 7 or 8 years ago and I mentioned it in a few of my articles then. But surprisingly little news since then as far as I know.

    Best regards,

  • 105 bumadene sclvedge // Feb 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I am taking 2000 mgs. of metformin daily. I take 1000 in the morning before breakfast and 1000mgs. at supper. my fasting glucose in the morning is any where from 135 to 160 what would any of you do with the over the ccounter supplements?

  • 106 Werner // Feb 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    For your information:
    The link in the article at the top of this page leading to “List of Firms Receiving Warning Letters for Marketing Unproven Dietary Supplements for Diabetes with Illegal Drug Claims” does not work – probably outdated.

    You talk about scams promoting products/supplements to control diabetes. I have found a number apparent scam sites promoting diabetic “cure” books (rather than actual products). Is anyone (any government agency) looking at those? (I followed your link to the Kevin Trudeau wiki entry – great reading!)

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