Raise your right hand if you don’t take any herbal supplements.
Gee, I don’t see any hands, and I probably wouldn’t see more than a handful if you were here with me literally instead of virtually.
People with diabetes probably take more supplements than other people. About 36 percent of American adults use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), much of it in the form of supplements. We spend $20 billion a year for supplements.
Aside from the drain on our bank accounts, we don’t have any good proof that any supplements work. None of them.
Practically every day the media reports on another new herb, vitamin, or mineral that supposedly will help us control or even cure our diabetes. It’s been almost impossible even for people who try to keep up with diabetes developments to know which of these supplements might help us.
Whenever I offer a cup of coffee to a friend of mine, he always replies, “I don’t do drugs.”
He’s right that coffee is a drug, but even he does drugs. Everybody does some drugs.
Somehow, I ran out of my supply of magnesium tablets and recently made a note to order more. I do take a multi-vitamin with minerals, but that gives me only 125 mg of magnesium each day.
It’s clear where you can find the most reliable information on alternative therapies. But what this resource is called can be a puzzle.