Frequently Asked Questions on Diabetic Formulas

How are diabetic supplements shakes used?

Diabetic formulas can be used as a meal or partial meal replacement, or snack, as part of a diabetes management plan. Diabetic formulae can be used in place of a skipped meal or to replace an unhealthy food choice. These formulae have also been used to replace a meal to support a weight loss plan. For individuals who need extra calories and protein, such as those with, or at risk of, malnutrition, nutrition supplements can be used to supplement their diet with additional nutrition to help meet nutrient requirements.

What are low glycemic carbohydrates?

Some diabetic formulae contain carbohydrates which include modified maltodextrin (a portion of the maltodextrin has been modified so the body is not able to digest it), fructose, maltitol, soy fiber and fructooligosaccaharides. This helps minimize the peak in blood glucose. This carbohydrate that is not digested may be fermented in the large intestine. These ingredients, in combination with the other carbohydrates listed above, produces a lower blood glucose response compared to a higher glycemic carbohydrate.

What does Gluten-Free Mean?

A gluten-free diet (GFD) is a diet that strictly excludes gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids. Gluten causes health problems for those with gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease (CD), non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and wheat allergy. In these people, the gluten-free diet is demonstrated as an effective treatment.

What precautions must be taken before using diabetic formulae?

If on Diabetic formula you must:

  • Read trustworthy information about supplements
  • Be wary of supplements which sound too good to be true – e.g. those which claim they can “treat or cure diseases”
  • Avoid substituting prescription medicines for supplements
  • Avoid taking a bigger dose than the label recommends
  • Stop taking a supplement if you experience side effects