Diabetes and Alternative Diets: Do They Work?

Many African Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to manage their disease but fail to disclose this information to their healthcare provider. In fact, studies show that only 40 percent of African-Americans compared with 55 percent of non-Hispanic whites report telling their doctors that they were using a complementary therapy. Most people with diabetes who use CAM follow diet-based therapies to manage the disease. Not sharing your use of CAM with your healthcare provider can be dangerous. Some diet-based therapies may cause nutrient deficiencies and are not based on sound scientific evidence.