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D-mannose safe for diabetics

Sweet relief — even for diabetics!

Q: I know you’ve written about eliminating bladder infections with D-mannose. My wife has type 2 diabetes — since the D-mannose is a sugar, will it affect her blood sugar? She’s afraid to take it.

Dr. Wright: Despite being classified as a simple sugar, D-mannose is very safe. Very little of it is actually metabolized by the body. Large doses are washed away in the urine (along with the E. coli bacteria that cause most bladder infections), and the amounts not excreted into the urine are so small that they do not affect blood sugar levels — even in diabetics.