The main causes of Type 2 diabetes are overweight and obesity, poor energy-rich diets and a lack of physical activity. This lifestyle illness has now reached global epidemic proportions. It may be concerning for those affected, but people living with Type 2 diabetes can make targeted diet and lifestyle changes to significantly improve their condition.
Typically, Type 2 diabetes is associated with excess weight, therefore weight management should be the primary strategy in managing glucose control. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells are unable to react to insulin. The ineffectiveness of insulin means that the body cannot use glucose efficiently and as a result fat storage occurs, making it harder to lose weight. Thankfully, a high-protein, high-fibre and low glycaemic index (GI) diet, coupled with regular exercise can help with weight loss. The GI is particularly important for people with Type 2 diabetes who wish to lose weight.
Glycaemic Index and why it is important for those with Type 2 diabetes.
Not all foods have the same effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Whether your blood sugar levels rise quickly, moderately or slowly after a meal depends largely on the GI of the foods you consume.
The GI is a ranking of how quickly each carbohydrate-containing food or drink makes blood glucose rise after consumption. However, different carbohydrates are digested and absorbed at varied rates. The GI index runs from 0-100 and usually uses glucose, which has a GI of 100, as reference. The lower the GI, the slower and more gradual the rise in blood sugar levels.
Meat, fish and low-fat dairy foods are a good choice. Vegetables, pulses and wholegrains also have a low GI due to the complex carbohydrates they contain. Complex carbohydrates are processed by the body more slowly and cause blood sugar to rise less rapidly than simple carbohydrates which pass quickly into the bloodstream. The GI of fruit varies greatly. For example, the GI of berries, apples and cherries is lower than watermelon or pineapple. Generally speaking, foods with a GI less than 55 are better choices as they are deemed 'low'. Foods with a GI of 70 and above are categorised as 'high' and should be kept to a minimum.
How can Almased help?
The manufacturing process of Almased results in an ideal 2:1 ratio of protein and carbohydrate, with a low GI of 27 and an extremely low glycaemic load (GL) of 4. As we know, foods with low GI and GL are slowly absorbed into the body and ensure blood glucose levels are only raised slightly while the body’s requirements for insulin is reduced. As a result of this lower insulin requirement, fat stores are utilised for energy thereby making it easier for those with Type 2 diabetes to lose weight.
The Almased Figure Plan is particularly suitable for people with Type 2 diabetes and is designed to support healthy, sustainable weight loss and maintain a new quality of life*. Recipes which we suggest have also been adapted for those with diabetes and can be enjoyed by all who wish to follow our programmes. Such recipes provide optimum nutrition high in protein, rich in vegetables and contain wholegrain carbohydrates.
To see how Almased affects your own blood sugars, we suggest measurements are taken on an empty stomach in the morning as well as before your Almased shake and 1.5 to 2 hours after.
*Helpful advice: Before commencing any diet, speak to your healthcare professional. You may require support to check blood glucose levels more regularly or make changes to your medications.
In recent years, both Chris and his wife Carole felt they both needed to make a real change to their lives. They wanted to lose weight, but as Chris had Type 2 diabetes (which required daily management using medication) it was difficult to find a weight loss product that was suitable for him. After trawling through the myriad of weight loss products on the market, they found Almased, a product that would be suitable for both Chris as well as Carole. They began by following the Almased 14-Day Plan and once completed, continued replacing two daily meals combined with a healthy diet. By the time their weight loss journey was completed, they had collectivley lost more than 10 stones and experienced significant improvements in their energy levels and overall well-being. Chris lost 6 stones while Carole lost 4 stones. Having achieved his six stones target loss, Chris continued to replace one Almased shake every day, not only for weight maintenance but to support his blood sugar levels. In recent months, Chris' doctors have succesfully taken him off his Diabetes medication and while he continues to have regular blood checks, he is now in remission of the condition.