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November 2019

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. Thousands of commercially available dietary supplement products are marketed for people with diabetes. But only a fraction of these products has evidence of safety and potential benefit.

You’ve likely heard a lot about cinnamon for diabetes. But gymnema has also received quite a bit of attention this year. There’s a fair amount of research evaluating its ability to reduce blood sugar. It blocks the taste of both sweetness and bitterness, which some claim can help reduce sugar cravings. To learn more about its safety and possible benefits, check out our gymnema monograph. Also refer to our Comparative Effectiveness Chart and CE/CME to see what other natural medicines have been evaluated.

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