In Brief

Individuals with diabetes are more likely than those without diabetes to use different modalities that may not be considered part of mainstream allopathic or conventional medicine. Many dietary supplements of botanical and nonbotanical origin are available over the counter to treat diabetes or its comorbidities. Clinicians must maintain a respectful attitude toward patients’ health care values and beliefs, encourage open dialogue, and provide accurate, nonjudgmental information about different supplements. It is essential that clinicians stay informed about dietary supplements to evaluate whether side effects or potential interactions among medications, dietary supplements, medical conditions, or nutrients may occur.


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