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Does prickly pear cactus help if you have type 2 diabetes?

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It's not clear. Early research shows it might help, but more research is needed to see if this effect would continue with repeated doses. Diabetes is a very serious condition. Don't try to treat it on your own with supplements.

From: Prickly Pear Cactus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Prickly Pear Cactus."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Drugs.com: "Prickly Pear.'

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 29, 2019

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