According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, the rate of diabetes is estimated to be one in five adults, equivalent to 3.9 million people aged 18 and above in Malaysia suffering from diabetes.¹
The situation becomes even more worrying when these diabetic patients contract Covid-19, as they are at risk of experiencing more serious complications.
This is because their body’s immune system is reduced significantly, which makes fighting the virus more difficult and results in a longer recovery period.²
Factors and effects of diabetes
Diabetes occurs when the body is either unable to produce enough insulin, or is unable to use insulin properly.³
Insulin is a hormone that is required by the body to regulate blood glucose levels by allowing glucose to enter cells, thereby lowering blood sugar levels.
Aside from developing diabetes, those with uncontrolled blood sugar are also at risk of vision loss, kidney failure, nerve damage and lower limb amputation.⁴
How to control glucose levels
When it comes to preventing or treating diabetes, it is important to monitor blood sugar levels especially when getting older or having a family history of diabetes.
One of the effective ways in managing blood glucose levels is through healthy lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet, exercise and taking medications as prescribed by the doctor.
To help Malaysians’ keep tabs on their health, Abbott Nutrition launched the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Program to provide an approach to lifestyle and nutrition, especially for managing blood glucose levels.
The programme aims to help the community manage glucose levels with nutrition plans, exercise, medications and glucose monitoring for four weeks.
Eligible participants will be given a #BeInControl starter kit to help them throughout the virtual programme. They will also be part of the community support for knowledge sharing and group engagement activities.
Once the four-week program ends, participants will be celebrated with a graduation ceremony to mark their commitment in making lifestyle changes and stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM60,000.
Those interested in participating in the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Program may visit their website.
Glucerna products for diabetics
To control diabetes more effectively, healthcare experts recommend taking diabetes-specific formula products that are low on the glycemic index, and contain complete and balanced nutrition such as Glucerna, which is available on the market.
Consuming Glucerna products helps control blood glucose levels as it contains a unique carbohydrate system that is low on the glycemic index (GI) and is digested slowly to produce a longer release of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract.⁵
Aside from that, Glucerna contains 4 times more Myo-Inositol* to help improve insulin sensitivity for better glucose control.⁶
Taking Glucerna helps control glucose levels more efficiently, as it has 35 nutrients that are complete & balanced in nutrition, suitable for meal replacement and weight management.⁷
In fact, it comes with a Unique Lipid Blend such as Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 to support heart health.⁸
Additionally, Glucerna’s Dual Fibre Blend of soluble and insoluble fibre promotes a healthy digestive system.⁹
In a nutshell, Glucerna helps manage glucose levels more efficiently. It comes in three delicious flavours, which are vanilla, chocolate and wheat.
Recently, Glucerna launched ready-to-drink products to satisfy the needs of Malaysian consumers who are always on-the-go and want to enjoy the goodness of Glucerna anytime, anywhere.
Head over to Glucerna’s website to find out more about their offerings.
For individuals with diabetes who wish to know more about the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Program, please visit the official website.
1. Ministry of Health Malaysia. National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019.
3. MyhealthMylife/memahami diabetes
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*Compared to previous version of Glucerna
Written by: Nurshafika Suhaimi
This article originally appeared on Berita Harian with rights to be republished on The Malaysian Reserve.