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NCCIH Clinical Digest

for health professionals

The NCCIH Clinical Digest is a monthly e-newsletter that summarizes the state of the science on complementary and integrative health practices for a health condition (diabetes, cancer, sleep disorders, etc.)—clinical guidelines, literature searches, continuing medical education, and information for patients.

In each issue, you'll find evidence-based information for several complementary health practices used for the highlighted condition.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

November 2022diabetes diabetic

Overall, there is not enough scientific evidence to show that any dietary supplement can help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes. Some dietary supplements may provide some benefit for some conditions associated with type 2 diabetes. It is important to note, however, that there are multiple case reports linking dietary supplement use to kidney disease, which is of particular concern because diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the United States. Supplement use should be monitored closely in patients who have or are at risk for kidney disease.

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