Beware the Blood Sugar Control Scam
If you have diabetes, beware products that claim to cure it. Many of these treatments use ingredients that are toxic or interfere with your medications and could lead to serious health complications.
In addition, scammers often contact people with type 2 diabetes and pretend to be from the Government or Medicare. They ask for their Medicare number and personal information.
Scams that promise to cure diabetes
Fake cures for diabetes promise to disrupt insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels without medication. They can also be dangerous. They may be based on unproven scientific research or even outright fraud. In some cases, they can cause serious health consequences and lead to a loss of trust in the medical community.
These scams come in many forms, from pills and dietary supplements to questionable medical procedures and extreme diets. They all use the same tactic of promoting a magical ingredient or procedure that will help people control their blood sugar and restore health. These ingredients are often obscure, like fulvic acid, or derived from more familiar foods, such as cinnamon. The pitches for these products are backed by strong salesmanship, and they can be hard to resist.
While no real cure for diabetes exists, legitimate progress is being made in the scientific community. Islet transplants, a treatment in which healthy beta cells are removed from a donor and injected into a person with type 1 diabetes, have shown promise as a possible cure. The medical community is also starting to adopt a definition of remission for T2D, which describes a state in which people with T2D manage their blood sugar levels below the clinical diabetes range without medications.
Before trying any dietary supplement or medical treatment, it is important to speak with your doctor or diabetes care team. They can help you determine if the product or treatment will interact with any of your current medications or if it is a scam.
Scams that claim to be backed by scientific research
There are reports that scammers are targeting people with diabetes by pretending to be from Medicare or a fake association. They are calling and emailing patients, offering them a free COVID-19 home test kit with a blood glucose monitoring device if they give them their Medicare number and personal or financial information.
These products are usually based on unproven claims and may have misleading testimonials that sound too good to be true. Some have a doctor vouching for them, but it is important to check whether the doctor is a medical doctor or a physician in another field such as chiropractic or philosophy. Also, watch out for ad slogans that use scientific or clinical terms but fail to reference any studies or references. This is a clear sign that the product is not backed by genuine science.