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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 9:47pm
EL PASO, TX ( KDBC) — Food and Drug Administration officials are cracking down on companies that sell illegal and fraudulent products that claim to treat, ease or even cure diabetes.
The FDA posted warnings on their website about these fraudulent products and unapproved supplements, creams and other so-called diabetes treatments.
Doctors diagnosed Magavi Hernandez with Type 1 Diabetes when she was just 8 years old.
"I try my best to keep my diabetes under control. It's been 21 years and sometimes I think it doesn't get any easier," said Hernandez.
The FDA's warning hits close too home. A few years ago she took an over the counter medicine, that had a horrible effect on her.
"My sugar levels were really up so I just I was desperate to take something to make me feel better. Affected me in my liver, so now I have a mass on my liver because of that medication," said Hernandez.
The FDA is now cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes. Tuesday, the agency posted warnings including this YouTube video on their website and sent letters to 15 companies. Some of the supplements claim they will lower blood sugar levels, increase insulin release and promote heart health. The FDA says the products contain harmful ingredients and are unsafe.
"They promote or advertise quick results, you know so people don't want to deal with having to follow a diet or having to exercise," said Franco Lopez, a registered dietician.
Lopez says the right way to beat diabetes takes time and dedication. Hernandez tries to live this message every day.
"Have something prescribed and your doctor explain to you what it does and everything else, than just buying something over the counter that you're just gonna read and believe it. Take control, eat right, exercise, you just live your normal life," said Hernandez.
LocalFour News reached out to a company based in San Diego about their reaction to being named as one of the fifteen companies selling diabetes products and have yet to hear back.
FDA warnings link here.