So, what can you eat or drink when you have diabetes?
This is the most common question patients raise the moment they learn they are diabetic. Suddenly, they could not afford to be careless with their food intake anymore. Portions are controlled, carbs are limited, and sugar-sweetened beverages are a no-no. Patients have to strictly watch everything they take, as diabetes may lead to high blood glucose levels. And this, in turn, may lead to long or short-term complications.
Managing diabetes may be an overwhelming experience, especially when patients get a limited number of food they can eat in a day. One may worry if they get enough vitamins and nutrients from diabetic-friendly meal plans. This is where Diabetic Specific Formulas or DSFs come in: they are specifically formulated to help support the dietary needs of people with diabetes.
Doctor-prescribed1 Glucerna is a complete and balanced nutrition drink for people with diabetes that may be used to replace or complement a meal or as a snack.
It contains a balanced nutritional formulation which includes 35 nutrients, an advanced blend of slowly digested carbohydrates, and 4-times more inositol vs. previous formulation that is clinically proven to help lower blood sugar levels, with proper diet and exercise.
As indicated on the FDA-approved product label, Glucerna contains a total of 35 nutrients namely:
2. Fat (including MUFA, omega-3, and omega-6)
3. Protein (casein, soy)
4. Fibersol-2 / FOS / Oat fiber
5. Vitamin A
6. VItamin C
7. Vitamin D
8. Vitamin E
9. Vitamin K
10. Vitamin B1
11. Vitamin B2
12. Vitamin B6
13. Vitamin B12
15. Folic acid
16. Pantothenic acid
Glucerna contains an advanced blend of slowly digested carbohydrates and other nutrients that are known to help stimulate the release of GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1)2,3, a hormone that is synthesized and released from the small and large intestines in response to food intake, as part of type 2 diabetes management program with a balanced meal.
Studies show that the GLP-1 hormone impacts blood glucose by helping the body produce insulin naturally. It also plays a role in increasing satiety and appetite suppression, and helps slow down emptying of the stomach, as part of type 2 diabetes management program with a balanced meal.
Second, Glucerna is now formulated with 4x more inositol, vs. it’s previous formulation, that helps improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin4, so that it can convert glucose in the bloodstream into energy (with proper diet and exercise). One serving of Glucerna (5 scoops in 200 ml of water) contains 800.3 mg of inositol, which is equivalent to eating 4 cups of fresh green beans, 22 slices of whole wheat bread or 11 pieces of fresh pear.
Moreover, 1 serving of Glucerna contains 28 vitamins and minerals5, ensuring patients get complete and balanced nutrition with every glass.
Without sacrificing flavor or taste, Glucerna’s most advanced formulation is clinically proven to help lower blood sugar levels6-9 as part of a type 2 diabetes management plan with healthy meals.
Glucerna comes in Vanilla, Chocolate, and Wheat flavors. It also comes in ready-to-drink bottles.
To check out products from Glucerna, visit the Shopee and Lazada pages.
For more information on Glucerna, click here.
1PMDI: Select Brands from V06 - General Nutrients published by IQVIA Solutions Philippines
2Davila LA, et al. Nutrients. 2019;11(7):1477.
3Devitt A, et al. J Diabetes Res Clin Metab. 2012; 1:20.
4Minambres I, et al. Clin Nutr. 2019; 38:1146-1152
5FDA-Approved Product Label. Glucerna.
6Davila LA, et al. Nutrients. 2019;11(7):1477.
7Devitt A, et al. J Diabetes Res Clin Metab. 2012; 1:20.
8Luo M, et al. J Diabetes Mellitus. 2012;2(2): 214-220.
9Mottalib A, et al. Nutrients. 2016; 8(7): 443.
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