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Glucerna products are specifically designed to help manage blood sugar, when used as meal or snack replacements. For example, Glucerna can be used in place of skipped meals or to replace poor food choices. Glucerna has also been used as meal or partial meal replacements to support a weight loss plan.

Making Glucerna  is quick and easy! To prepare a single serving of Glucerna (237mL):
1. Put 200mL of cold water into a glass.
2. Gradually add 5 levelled scoops (enclosed in tin) or 52.1g of Glucerna powder into the water, while stirring.
3. Mix until completely dissolved.

Glucerna contains slow-release (low glycaemic index) carbohydrates, together with other nutrients including 28 essential vitamins and minerals, making it a great snack option for people trying to manage their blood glucose as well as meet their nutritional requirements.1,2 It is also quick to prepare and so has the added benefit of convenience.

People without diabetes can safely consume Glucerna products. Glucerna is specifically designed for people with diabetes or people trying to manage their blood sugar. Glucerna products are intended to be used under medical supervision as a part of a diabetes management plan.

Yes, Glucerna has been designed to help minimize blood sugar response and can help manage weight, when used as part of a diabetes management plan. Managing blood sugar response and weight are important for people with prediabetes. A health care professional has the primary responsibility to select the product most appropriate for a patient based on medical assessment.

For people with or without diabetes, Glucerna should not be used to treat hypoglycemia, insulin shock, or insulin reaction because the carbohydrates from Glucerna do not elicit a large blood glucose response and would not help restore blood sugar. Talk to a health care professional about appropriate treatment options for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Glucerna is appropriate for people with type 1 diabetes. It is important to monitor blood glucose regularly to see how Glucerna affect insulin needs. Glucerna contain blends of carbohydrates that are low glycemic to help minimize peaks in blood sugar. We encourage patients to discuss any changes with their health care professionals and, any specific weight loss goals.

Glucerna should be incorporated into a person’s diabetes meal plan and overall management plan. Studies support the use of Glucerna in conjunction with a diabetes management plan.

Use Glucerna anytime to substitute meals or part of meals, or as snacks. Use Glucerna as quick on-the-go breakfasts or bring them to work for convenient snacks or lunches. Glucerna may also be used as nighttime snacks. Glucerna may be used as a protein source before or after exercising. Products should be used under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan.

The glycemic index measures how foods with carbohydrates raise blood glucose. Low-glycemic carbohydrates produce lower blood glucose responses than high-glycemic carbohydrates. Glucerna products are formulated to help minimize blood sugar spikes and contain unique blends of carbohydrates that include modified maltodextrin (the body is not able to digest it), fructose (a low-glycemic carbohydrate), maltitol, soy fiber, and fructooligosaccharides (a prebiotic fiber). Ingredients will vary per product and flavor. Check individual product labeling for specific ingredient information.

Glucerna has a low glycaemic index (GI); the powder (mixed with water) has a GI of 41.

Galactosemia is a rare inherited disorder in which galactose builds up in the blood. Normally when a person consumes lactose (the sugar found in milk and milk products), the body first breaks down the lactose into half glucose and half galactose. Next, to change galactose into glucose, which the body can then use, several enzymes are needed. However, people with galactosemia are missing one of the enzymes that converts galactose to glucose, causing a buildup of galactose. Galactose is found in other foods and some drugs, but milk and milk products are the major source.

In today’s hectic world, trying to eat well can be overwhelming, especially for people who need to manage their blood sugar levels and weights. Poor food choices and skipping meals can inhibit these efforts.

Meal replacements can be helpful options for many individuals. The use of meal replacements is suggested by the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a successful weight loss and weight management strategy.

Glucerna can be used as meal or partial meal replacements. Use under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan.

Glucerna is not medicine for blood sugar control. Glucerna is diabetes-specific nutrition designed to help blunt postmeal blood sugar response. Glucerna is designed to meet the nutritional requirements of people with diabetes.

Glucerna is scientifically designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes. Glucerna provide energy from fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, compared to fat and protein, have the biggest impact on blood glucose levels. The carbohydrates in Glucerna were chosen for their low glycemic index, which helps minimize blood sugar spikes compared to high-glycemic carbohydrates.

Studies show that a convenient, reduced energy, vitamin and mineral supplemental source of nutrition, such as Glucerna, can assist in managing your weight, when used as part of a diabetes management plan.2,3,4,5

Your dietitian can help you determine a diet plan that can help you safely and effectively manage your weight.

Glucerna is gluten-free and suitable for lactose intolerance. Glucerna is not for people with galactosemia.

The decision to use Glucerna for anyone with a chronic kidney disease (CKD) ultimately rests with the nephrologist/health care professional who will assess the patient’s needs on an individual basis. 

Glucerna is designed to minimize after-meal peaks in blood sugar. When starting Glucerna, the dose or timing of insulin may need to be adjusted, and this adjustment must be individualized, under the supervision of a health care professional. People with diabetes should carefully monitor their blood glucose before, and two hours after, consuming Glucerna to determine how their blood glucose is affected. Once they determine this effect, the dose and timing of injections can be adjusted as necessary. Consult a health care professional for guidance. Products should be used under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan.

Yes. Glucerna has been studied for over 30 years, in more than 50 clinical studies with more than 4,000 individuals taking part.

Glucerna has a low glycaemic index (GI); the powder (mixed with water) has a GI of 41. This is because the carbohydrates in Glucerna are digested more slowly than common carbohydrate foods, keeping you feeling fuller, longer.2

  1. Abbott Nutrition. Data on file.
  2. Devitt A et al. J Diabetes Res Clin Metab 2012; 1(20):2.
  3. Heymsfield SB et al. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord2003; 27(5):537-49.
  4. Tatti P., di Mauro P., Neri M., et al. Mediterr J Nutr Metab2010; 3:65-69.
  5. Look AHEAD Research Group. Arch Intern Med 2010; 170(17):1566-1575.
  6. Glycaemic Index Foundation. About Glycaemic Index. Available at: Accessed 7 November 2018.


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