The cab driver at my office had his leg amputated and partially damaged vision. As a soul bread earner for a family of four, his life now hangs in balance. His wife told me about a "wonder drug" that he used to consume from a local healer, for the fear of allopathy medications according to him can cause heart/kidney damage. Sorry to see the after effects which can be avoided.
I have been hearing a lot about the after effects of diabetic medications and kidney/heart damage myths ,especially from people who are ignorant or uneducated,especially who are from the lower end of the society . Utilizing these fears, they are often prone to malpractice by fraudulent alternative medicine industry.
It is a well know fact that the root cause of organ damage due to diabetes is the improper management of ones blood sugar level . Due to ignorance, prolonged elevated levels of medium to high blood sugars can cause serious damage. People who takes medication other than insulin is on the misconception that diabetes tablets works the same way as other medicines, forgetting the fact of diet, exercising ,timing and regular monitoring. As high blood sugar(T2) causes little to no immediate symptoms, many have no idea of the internal damages to organs caused. This is a slow degenerative process with no or minor symptoms.
I think the way forward here is the proper empowerment of patients regarding diet, exercise and continues motioning. Stressing the fact that these are life long chronic diseases that needs close attention and care. Fearing the worse many people who opt for these alternate medications ends up in serious life threatening conditions.