Diabetes is not fun. It is a disease that affects the daily details of your life, from the time you wake up in the morning, to the moment you go to sleep at night. Right now, there are over 160 million adults in the US who are either at risk of getting Diabetes, pre-diabetic or suffering from the disease. Unfortunately, the prevalence of those diagnosed with pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes has grown significantly over the past five years and is only determined to continue this growth as the years follow.
Living with diabetes is a daily challenge. Feeling slightly groggy, you wake up and promptly make your way to the bathroom. You’re used to it by now, but you remember the daily wince of having to prick your finger for a blood glucose check when first diagnosed. Now, it is part of the daily routine. If it’s too high, an insulin shot is the cure. Too low? Make your way to the kitchen to eat something.
Before diabetes you would plan meals occasionally, you may have even planned three meals a day. Now, with diabetes, it is essential to plan ahead and stay on schedule with your meals. A healthy breakfast is full of fiber and protein and low in fat and sugar. As lunch rolls around, you’ll make sure to eat a meal consisting of the same as breakfast. After lunch, it’s time to check your blood sugar levels.
For dinner, make sure that you get a solid variety of lean protein, vegetables and a small serving of carbohydrates. Say so long to nighttime desserts. Unless they are low in sugar, it’s best to stay away from nightly sugar indulgences. Before bedtime, make sure to check your blood sugar once more.
Besides planning daily meals, some of the side effects of diabetes include blurred vision, increased thirst or the need to urinate, feeling tired or ill, recurring skin, gum or bladder infections, dry, itchy skin, unexpected weight loss, slow-healing cuts or bruises, loss of feeling in the feet or tingling feet.
Some of the risk factors include those with a BMI of 25+, people over the age of 45, central obesity, family history, inactivity, HBP.
One of the main challenges that those with Type 2 Diabetes struggle with is regulating the blood glucose levels. Some of the barriers that keep a diabetic from optimal blood glucose levels is a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. When these two barriers aren’t taken care of, shifts in blood glucose levels greatly affect energy levels and mood.
Oftentimes, it is difficult for a patient to maintain healthy lifestyle choices on their own so they look to professionals for help with staying on track.
Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s largest diabetes research and clinical care organization and Metagenics, a leader in personalized healthcare & science-based nutrition, have joined together to help patient’s properly manage glucose responses with Ultra Glucose Control™.
Unlike most formulas, Ultra Glucose Control™ helps to manage the glucose response with it’s smart macronutrients by targeting insulin resistance where it begins – in the liver. It helps to reduce glucose spikes and crashes by delivering sustained glucose and insulin response. It also helps to control insulin response and supports carbohydrate metabolism while improving lean body mass and strength. It is gluten-free, non GMO and supports carbohydrate metabolism and provides sustained and balanced carbohydrate release. This product digests slowly to reduce hunger and sustain energy release so that patients can feel full and satisfied throughout their day.
With Diabetes, it is imperitive that patients are receiving a perfect ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The Joslin Diabetes Center guidelines include 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 30% protein. Ultra Glucose Control is the only brand that delivers a 40:30:30 ratio of these macronutrients.
Ultra Glucose Control contains 95% heat-moisture treated amylopectin, which is both gluten free and non GMO. According to Dr. Jeffrey Bland, founder and president of Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, “Amylopectin is a timed-release carb that has a positive impact on helping to control blood glucose levels.” This amylopectin digests slowly to support a sustained glucose / insulin response and satiety – minimizing hunger urges.
Ultra Glucose Control can help those struggling with diabetes, but it can also help those who may be at risk of getting this disease. This includes adults who are overweight who have a first-degree relative with diabetes, are a high-risk ethnicity (e.g., African / Native / Asian American, Latino, Pacific Islander), women who delivered a baby > 9 lbs or were diagnosed with GDM, those with a history of CVD, HDL cholesterol level 250 mg/dL (2.82 mmol/L), women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and those with other clinical conditions associated with insulin resistance (e.g. severe obesity, acanthosis nigricans).
Living with Diabetes does not have to be a struggle like before. If you have questions regarding Ultra Glucose Control and how it can help get your health back on track, you may contact our office for more information.