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Diabetes

What are glucose control nutritional drinks?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Glucose control nutritional drinks are designed to help those with type 2 diabetes keep their blood sugar (blood glucose) levels controlled. They are part of a healthy meal plan that those with type 2 diabetes should follow, and should be consumed as a snack or a small meal. They are sold in the U.S. as Glucerna, Boost Glucose Control and Enterex, and are available at a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription.

  • AToby Smithson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Glucose control beverages contain slowly digestible carbohydrates to help minimize spikes in blood sugar levels. These products keep blood sugar levels fairly steady. Some of the products may contain a higher fiber content which will also slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream. A word of caution- do not use these types of products if you have a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). To treat a low blood sugar you want to use a fast acting carbohydrate source not a slow acting source like glucose control beverages and snack bars.

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