Chapter 17

Discovering What Doesn’t Work When You Treat Diabetes

In This Chapter

arrow Recognizing the signs that a treatment won’t work

arrow Identifying drugs, diets, and other treatments that don’t help

Everyone wants a quick and easy solution to their problems. For every problem, five people offer a quick and easy answer. Just send in the money. These cheats have got what it takes to take what you’ve got.

Being fooled by these claims may be a lot more serious for you than for the person who walked up to the man dressed as a polar bear who was promoting soft drinks in a shopping center. The first man said: “Don’t you feel foolish, dressed like a bear?” The “bear” replied: “Me, foolish? You’re the one talking to a bear.”

This chapter tells you as much as I know about diabetes tests and treatments that don’t work. Don’t expect to find every “wonder cure” for diabetes that you’ve read or heard about. As soon as this book is published, new, more seductive claims will be made. I hope that you will remain skeptical, use the information in this chapter to test claims out, and check with your doctor before you try something that may do more harm than good.

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