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Type 2 Diabetes - Other Treatment

Avoid products that promise a "cure" for type 2 diabetes. For example, antioxidant supplements (vitamins E, C, and carotene) don't cure type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association does not recommend taking them.1

If you hear about something new to help type 2 diabetes, do some research to find out if it really works. You can also check with your doctor or a diabetes educator. Your health plan may also provide health information on its website.

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These sources present information that is based on the analysis of a large body of medical evidence:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • American Diabetes Association

Complementary therapies

Some complementary therapies may help relieve stress and muscle tension. They might help you feel better in general. But they shouldn't be used as your only treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Talk with your doctor if you are using any of these treatments:

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Last Updated: January 17, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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