The Biggest Diabetes Scams

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 article is based on an earlier version of my article published by HealthCentral.

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  • Reply Siamak May 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    This is not about a scam but it can be. Long and short of it. Diet drinks are no good and do not help with diabetes. I work at a place that sodas are freely provided. I used to drink 4 or 5 diet pepsi or coke zeros. I stopped drinking this altogether as well as the free junk snacks! (junk for us diabetics that is). Something wonderful has happened. a) I do not feel the pangs of hunger like I did before. I have of course reduced my carb intake to a trickle, budget of no more than 50 g a day if that. In two months my A1C has come down from 9.5 to 7.5 and continuing. I have of course increased excercise. I ride my bike to work, at least 4 times a week (17 miles round trip). No snacking in between meals. As a result, I have managed to reduce my insulin intake. Long acting by 2 units a week and fast acting to infrequent. Metformin stays the same for now. I have not deprived myself of anything except portion. We really do not need large amounts of food that we are accustomed to in the USA. Truly. But the scam here is that HFCS is a good substitute for sugar and helps diabetics. It does not. No need to take my word for it. Stop drinking them and then your painful pangs of hunger shall go away. Frankly a zero cal, zero value intake is not needed.

  • Reply Patricia Sansing May 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Do you know if BerberineGlucoDefense would cause dizziness? I have read everything here and been very encouraged. I have hearing loss in my left ear and awful vertigo which has become a low roar now that I’ve stopped all my meds. I have been boarderline diabetic all my life but 4 yrs ago was diagnosed as diabetic and even though the Highest A1c I had was 6.1 (after on insulin and 3 meds by mouth for diabetes) I have lost over 100 lbs since then and my A1cs since lowering the insulin have all been 5.1 for over a year now. I don’t believe I ever needed the meds just low carb diet but had a dr that only believes in meds. Their diet made me gain a lot of that weight . But anyway, I have started hearing sounds in left ear too this past week finally and the vertigo is much improved . All good. Blood sugar readings are no longer in very low area as they were a LOT when I was taking meds . They are mostly around 100 -120 but a couple were close to 140 this past week so am thinking I would rather go the Berberine route if it would not make the vertigo worse again. Hoping you know and thanks for any advise.

  • Reply Vicki April 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Any opinions on Nanogluco Control? Thanks!

    • Reply David Mendosa April 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I think that it is so appropriate that you mention it here, Vicki!

  • Reply Allan Silliphant (VA med activist) January 31, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Thank so much, David for all the great work you do.I’m almost in total agreement with all of your opinions. We are both Vets, & close in age. I have a general mistrust of most diet & anti diabetic pill claims. Like you, I have largely stopped most carb intake. I use butter, but very sparingly. I also think that personal dietary research can be valuable, indeed. I have a small group of VA metformin taking patients doing some informal diabetes testing. As a concerned 18 year VA patient, I have had to find ways to
    improve my basic health, which includes diabetes 2, blocked coronary arteries, bilateral
    severe carotid blockage, Atrial Fibr. and central
    right eye, central blindness at low glucose levels,
    as well as diabetic lesions on my left retina. Over
    the last 2 years I have been able to address these
    issues with general success. The left pair of carotids are going under he knife in April at
    the Westwood CA, VA hospital. To stop my
    18 year obesity condition I have mostly depended on CR level food intake, especially
    the carbs, bread, rice, & potatoes. But, due to
    recent discovery of the great value of metformin
    in the anti-aging field, my little group stays on
    that one medicine, is test several US government
    developed substances like Ptero-pure that the USDA developed. Unlike most, this stuff is
    not “snake oil”. My VA blood panels, & good
    digital scales prove that Metformin extended
    release version, taken with a healthy CR leve