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Many widely marketed dietary supplement products claim to provide health benefits for people with diabetes. Researchers have studied several dietary supplements to see if they can help people manage type 2 diabetes or lower their risk of developing the disease, but currently there is not enough evidence to suggest that any dietary supplement can help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes. Some supplements may interact with diabetes treatments or increase the risk of kidney disease.

This issue of the digest addresses some of the many supplements studied for diabetes—such as alpha-lipoic acid, chromium, magnesium, and omega-3s—with a focus on those that have undergone clinical trials.



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What the Science Says:
Type 2 Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

Learn what current research has to say about:

Bullet Alpha-lipoic acid

Bullet Chromium

Bullet Cinnamon

Bullet Magnesium

Bullet Omega-3 fatty acids

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Additional Resources

Bullet Scientific Literature

Bullet For Your Patients

Bullet 6 Things To Know About Type 2 Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

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