Whenever there is a need, a market will grow to fill it. Even though that market may boom, there is no guarantee it'll do what it promises. The Food and Drug Administration has noticed a growing market for diabetes health care products, and they're clamping down.
Many products make claims that they 'naturally lower blood sugar', or that they can treat diabetes without the need of FDA-approved drugs. These products include popular over-the-counter dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, Ayurveda remedies, diet plans, cleansing treatments and illegally sold prescriptions.
In the advertisements, a lot of these products sound too good to be true-- and that's usually because they are. Many of these products have unlisted ingredients that might be harmful. Few of them can do what they claim without a proper, customized diabetes management program in place.
FDA Smack Down
The FDA has decided to take a pre-emptive strike against companies that market to scared diabetics seeking help in hopes that they can avert a potential disaster.
"Consumers who buy violative products that claim to be treatments are not only putting themselves at risk, but also may not be seeking necessary medical attention, which could affect their diabetes management," said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD.
The FDA sent stern letters to at least 15 companies to warn them about any illegal claims.