There are a number of supplements out there on the market that people are interested in taking because they’ve been implicated in diabetes treatment. Some of the common ones are: Chromium, Vanadate, Cinnamon, Nopalitos. These are all things that have been associated, even in some research, to reduce blood sugars. The trouble is that we don’t have a lot of research that shows that these are effective or safe. They may or may not be effective – we just don’t have enough research to answer that question. The most important thing is that we don’t have enough research to tell us if they’re safe – so we generally do not recommend these supplements for treating diabetes because we don’t want patients to be harmed and we just don’t know if they are safe or not.

Doctor Profile

Merri Pendergrass, MD


Board Certified Endocrinologist
Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Director of the Adult Diabetes Program

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