How to manage blood sugar levels

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WHEN it comes to diabetes, many assume that the disease will only affect the elderly or overweight individuals. This means people are generally unaware of the risks diabetes brings.

However, according to the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), the number of young people with diabetes increased by nearly 17% in 2020.

Based on the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019, one in five adults or about 3.9 million people aged eighteen years and above in Malaysia have diabetes¹.

Key factors and effects of diabetes

One of the main factors of high blood sugar levels is a lack of insulin, an essential hormone produced by the pancreas.

The primary function of insulin is to regulate blood sugar by allowing glucose to enter the cells in a controlled manner.

When insulin cannot function normally, it causes high levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

For example, if a person constantly consumes foods high in sugar, it can overload the cells in the pancreas, which weakens the cells in the long run.

This results in cells dying as the person ages, which in turn produces low levels of insulin.

If left untreated, their blood sugar levels will continue to increase and can potentially damage the heart, eyes, kidneys and legs.

The best treatment

In order to prevent diabetes and avoid other serious health problems in the future, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

This includes eating in moderation, as well as consuming foods that are rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories.

Another effective way is weight loss, which can be achieved with a balanced diet and exercising regularly.

When losing weight, the body’s cells will become more sensitive to insulin, hence more stable sugar levels.

Taking diabetes-specific formula products that are low in the glycemic index and contain complete and balanced nutrition can also help. One such product is Glucerna.

Glucerna products for diabetics

Glucerna helps regulate blood sugar levels from the first day².

Taking Glucerna not only helps in weight loss, but it also helps to control glucose levels efficiently³.

A variety of good nutrients

Glucerna is rich in various nutrients, especially for diabetic patients.

Consuming Glucerna helps control blood sugar levels with its unique carbohydrate system, which is digested slowly to produce a longer release of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract³.

The Myo-Inositol content in Glucerna products also helps increase insulin sensitivity to better control glucose levels⁴.

Glucerna is equipped with 35 vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Calcium, Zinc and Iron to provide complete and balanced nutrition⁵. 

In fact, it also comes with unique lipids that contain Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9 and low cholesterol to support heart health⁶.

In addition, Glucerna also contains soluble and insoluble fiber to promote the growth of good bacteria for a healthy digestive system.

Overall, Glucerna can help diabetics control their daily calories and also enriches their diet with a variety of good vitamins and minerals.

This product is offered in three delicious flavors, namely vanilla, chocolate and wheat.

For more information, head over to Glucerna’s website. Consumers may purchase Glucerna products at Lazada and Shopee.

References :

  1. National Health and Morbidity Survey, 2019
  2. Peng J, et al. Br J Nutr 2018.
  3. Devitt AA, et al. J Diab Res Clin Metabol. 2012; 1:20 
  4. Dang NT, et al. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2010;74(5):1061-1067 
  5. Macronutrients including Carbohydrate, Fat, and Protein. Fiber: Fibersol-2/FOS/Oat Fiber. Vitamins including: Vitamin A, C, D, E,K, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic acid, Biotin, and Choline. Minerals including: Calcium, Chromium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Selenium, Molybdenum. Nutrients: Inositol, Taurine, and Carnitine.
  6. Eckel RH, et al. Circulation. 2014;129(25 suppl 2):S76-S99. 

The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader’s own medical care. 

Written by: Nurshafika Suhaimi
This article originally appeared on Berita Harian with rights to be republished on The Malaysian Reserve.