Supplement Use in Diabetes or HIV


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  1. Select one botanical compound or other CAM dietary supplement used as

complementary therapy in HIV Disease or in Diabetes. (see list below for DM

suggestions or Table 24.7 in textbook for HIV suggestions; you may also choose others listed on the NCCAM website)

  1. Research information about the selected supplement. You may use credible websites and reference books for basic descriptive information. Additionally, you must find at least one peer-reviewed scientific research publication (from Pubmed or other library source) that relates to use and effectiveness of your supplement in Diabetes or HIV.

** Attach a copy of the Journal Abstract, including citation. **

Summarize the findings of your research: Prepare a 1-page write-up

about the

compound, including the following information:

  1. Common name & botanical name of supplement
  2. Active compound, if known
  3. Potential or suggested uses for the supplement in general, and specifically for

DM or HIV. What is the supplement purported to do?

  1. Side effects or toxicity of the supplement
  2. Scientific evidence for efficacy of the supplement
  3. Potential interactions with foods, or with prescription or over the counter drugs
  4. Professional conclusion: Based on your research, would you recommend this

supplement to a client? – why/why not

*Use credible sources. Be sure to reference the source of information for each of these items. List the website and other references accessed so that someone else will be able to check your information.*

* Summarize the information in your own words* Do NOT simply copy what you read – that is plagiarism!*

*Your assignment should be 2 pages: the one page write-up with source citations & copy of the journal article abstract and reference citation.


Suggested supplements for Diabetes:

Garlic Cinnamon Tumeric Fenugreek

Berberine Ginko Biloba Bitter melon Chromium

Asian Ginseng Prickly Pear Cactus

Pterocarpus marsupium (Indian kinko, Malbar kinko, Pistasara, Venga)

Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar, Meshasringi, Cherukurinja) Others possible…

Suggested sites:

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS):

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

MedlinePlus; US National Library of Medicine, NIH:

Dietary Supplement Label Database; NIH:

Council for Responsible Nutrition:

Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center:

Vitamin Herb University:

Drug Interactions Checker:

Medscape Drug Interaction Checker:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Reference Books:Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements, 4th edition, by L Skidmore-Roth, RN,MSN, NP.

The Health Professional’s Guide to Dietary Supplements, by SM Talbot and K Hughes.

The Health Professional’s Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements 3rd edition, by A S Fragakis MS,RD, with C A Thomson, PhD, RD.

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