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Diabetes

Author: Medifast California

December 02, 2016

Diabetes

Author: Medifast California

December 02, 2016

 

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a severe, life-threatening condition in which the body loses its ability to turn glucose (sugar) from food into useable energy. The muscle cells and other tissues in the body require specific levels of glucose and carbohydrates to maintain their function. The level of glucose absorbed into the bloodstream by the intestines, and the method by which glucose enters the body’s cells, is regulated by a hormone called Insulin. This is produced in the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach. Diabetes that develops later in life, usually after 45 years of age, and which use to be known as “Adult Onset Diabetes” or “Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM)” is known today as type 2 diabetes.

Fact:

  • Approximately 18 million American men, women, and children have diabetes.
  • Each year, about 1.3 million people age 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The disease has ravaged the country, becoming the 5th major cause of death in the United States.

What causes diabetes?
People with diabetes either produce too little insulin or their cells do not respond to its action, resulting in abnormally high levels of blood sugar. When sugars are above the normal range (80 to 140 mg/dL), the condition is called hyperglycemia.

What are the types of diabetes?
Type 1 – A disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of diabetes. The tendency to develop diabetes may be inherited.

Type 2 –The most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 to 95% of diabetes. However, this form is most often associated with older age, obesity, family history, physical inactivity, and ethnicity. About 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight! Symptoms for type 2 diabetes tend to develop gradually and their onset is not as sudden as in type 1 diabetes.

Is diabetes curable?
No, but it is manageable. In people with type 2 diabetes, glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood. With treatment, your blood sugar levels may go down to normal again. But this does not mean you are cured. Instead, a blood sugar level in your target range shows that your treatment plan is working and that you are taking care of your diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?
The aim of treatment is to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal levels as safely as possible without causing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Such low blood sugar levels may result from a change in the content or timing of meals, or from increased physical activity, or from overtreatment.

Type 1 – Daily injections of insulin, together with dietary control and regular blood glucose testing, form the basis of an effective treatment program. Insulin mimics the body’s own production of the natural hormone. Delivery by injection and careful storage in cooled conditions are required to retain purity.

Type 2 – Dietary control is often sufficient in treating this condition. Weight reduction in the overweight person, an exercise program, and regular blood glucose testing, combined with oral medications, may be required to lower sugar levels. In some cases, insulin may be required to lower blood sugar levels.

Can I do Medifast if I have diabetes?
If you have type 2 diabetes (adult onset), you should be able to do Medifast just fine. Consult your physician prior to starting any weight-loss program, including Medifast. We suggest you monitor your blood sugar readings once or twice a day as well as stay in close contact with your physician for instructions on making changes in your medications.

What makes Medifast Plus for Diabetes unique?
Medifast Plus for Diabetics has been specially formulated for people with diabetes. This product contains less than 6 grams of sugar per serving and 9 total carbohydrates per serving. Medifast Plus for Diabetics has been certified by the Glycemic Research Institute to make the claim “LOW GLYCEMIC” and is authorized to use the Glycemic Research Institute’s Seal of Approval.

How do I use Medifast Plus for Diabetics for weight loss?
Medifast recommends that you consult with your physician or diabetes specialist before starting any weight-loss program. Review the Medifast Weight Control Centers Diabetes Guide with your physician at your appointment so your physician can learn more about the Medifast Program. You should discuss blood sugar monitoring, oral diabetes agents, and changes to your insulin regimen with your physician before starting a weight-loss program. As with any weight-loss program, using Medifast products may lessen your need for diabetic medications.

Who should use Medifast Plus for Diabetics?
Medifast Plus for Diabetics is intended for people with type 2 diabetes and can be used in conjunction with a weight-loss and/or weight-maintenance plan. However, all Medifast Meals are appropriate for people with type 2 diabetes, due to the consistent and low carbohydrate level in the Medifast Program. You can choose to only eat Plus for Diabetics, or you can have a combination of regular Medifast Meals and Plus for Diabetics.

Should I continue my oral diabetes medication?
We suggest that check your blood sugar at least two to three times daily, especially at the beginning of your Medifast Program. If your blood sugar levels fall below the range specified by your physician, you should seek the advice of your physician. The Medifast Program probably provides a lower intake of calories and carbohydrate than your current die

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The team at Medifast California is committed to practicing what they preach. Experts in nutrition, health, counseling and exercise, they have the experience and tools to offer the support you need when you need it!

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