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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Don't Take Chances With Diabetes Treatment

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Thursday, 07 October 2021 12:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

There are only 11 positions available for starters on a pro soccer team — and no one wants to be left on the bench.

But some second-stringers have managed to become valuable substitute players. James Milner played for five teams and made 161 substitute appearances, the most of anyone in the league.

It just goes to show that sometimes substitutions can turn out okay — just not when it comes to dietary supplements claiming they're substitutes for diabetes medications.

The FDA recently issued warning letters to 10 companies that market unapproved supplements to treat diabetes. Those products may be harmful — either because of the ingredients they contain or because your diabetes will worsen, as it will be ineffectively treated.

One company that got the warning sells a product containing hydrolyzed collagen, milk thistle, bitter melon extract, alpha lipoic acid, and cinnamon extract, which they claim helps reduce blood sugar levels, protects the pancreas, and improves both your skin and joint pain. There is no proof of those claims.

For a list of the suspect products/companies, go to www.FDA.gov, search for "warning letters," then search for "diabetes."

In the meantime, listen up: Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, reversed, even cured, if you walk daily (the goal is 10,000 steps a day) and adopt the healthy eating style in Dr. Mike's book, "What to Eat When."

You may also need to take FDA-approved medications to stabilize your blood sugar. If you do, explore options with your doctor.

There's no substitute for safe, effective treatments.

© King Features Syndicate

The FDA recently issued warning letters to 10 companies that market unapproved supplements to treat diabetes.
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Thursday, 07 October 2021 12:46 PM
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