Nutritional Supplements for Diabetes Sold on the Internet

Business or Health Promotion?

Loredana Covolo; Michela Capelli; Elisabetta Ceretti; Donatella Feretti; Luigi Caimi; Umberto Gelatti


BMC Public Health. 2013;13(777) 

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In conclusion, easy internet access to NSs lacking adequate medical information and strong scientific evidence is a public health concern, mainly considering that a misleading information could lead to an improper prevention especially in healthy people and improper management of a disease in people suffering from diabetes. It is necessary to develop appropriate and reliable information to enable consumers to make an informed decision about the product prior to purchasing it. Furthermore, health care providers should be more informed about these widely used products. It is also evident that more research to validate the efficacy and safety of these NSs is called for.