Can apha-lipoic acid be used as replacement for diabetes medications?

Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural fatty acid that can be found in foods like yeast, spinach, broccoli, and liver. It is also sold as an herbal product.  It is not regulated or approved by the FDA at this time.   Alpha-lipoic acid should not be used as a replacement for diabetes medications prescribed by your doctor. There are dozens of FDA approved effective prescription medications for controlling blood sugar and regulating your diabetes. If you are concerned about your current medications, please discuss your concerns with your physician. Since herbal products can interact with your medications or worse certain medical conditions, please also talk to your doctor about any herbal medications you are considering taking.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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