How can I know if a new diabetes product is right for me?


This is one time when being a skeptic is a good idea. Many times, news releases make a product sound like it will work for everyone, but in fact it may only be useful for specific conditions.

In the United States, we have many regulations to protect us from unproved (and possibly dangerous) new treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict guidelines regarding the research and testing that must be done on a new drug or therapy before it can be sold to the public.

Many times you will read reports about a new product or drug, but it is still in the early phases of testing. Testing takes several years. If safety problems or side effects are found during the testing, the product will not be marketed.

Your health care team may have information on new products, so you should check with them when something new is available. They will help you make a decision as to whether the new product is right for you.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


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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