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The Use of Dietary Supplements in the Treatment of Diabetes

Jul 14, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Stephen Rubano, PharmD. Candidate, USF Taneja College of Pharmacy

Thousands of dietary supplements are available for diabetes treatment, but an examination of available studies found that only three ingredients had consistent evidence to support their claims. 

In the United States, dietary supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry, having generated more than $30 billion in sales in 2016, which is projected to double by 2024. The allure for investing in these products originates from a lack of government oversight by agencies like the US Food and Drug Administration. Unlike pharmaceuticals, the FDA does not require evidence of efficacy and safety before a supplement reaches the market. The result is countless products flooding the market with claims to promote health. Little regulation is in place to confirm the validity of these claims, aside from the FDA preventing such products from using statements claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a disease. Because of this, supplement use among Americans remains high, despite limited evidence supporting their use....

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