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Plexus Slim Supplement

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    Q: I had been using Plexus Slim to help manage my blood sugar before being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I stopped taking it with chemo because of warnings about supplements. However, my blood sugar has been crazy with chemo. Is it safe to use Plexus Slim?

    Nancy, January 2014

    A: The safety of non FDA-regulated supplements is a highly controversial topic. There are many products available on the market that the FDA doesn't regulate ("Plexus Slim" being one of them), meaning that there are little to no controls in place to determine what the products contain, if they provide the benefits they claim on their packaging, if they even contain the active ingredients on their labels, and most importantly, if they are safe.

    Additionally, unlike drugs that are considered unsafe until they are proven to be safe, dietary supplements are considered safe until they are proven to be unsafe.

    We would recommend trying to control your blood sugar levels through making healthy dietary choices and regular physical activity. Focus on staying well hydrated, spreading out your carbohydrate intake throughout the day and focusing on choices like whole grains, fruits, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). Try to also incorporate lean protein-rich foods and healthy fats (olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocados) into your diet and combine these foods with your carbohydrate foods.

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