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DIABETES CONTROL FOR LIFE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. What is Diabetes Control for Life?
  2. How long is the Diabetes Control for Life Program?
  3. What are the benefits of following the Diabetes Control for Life Program?
  4. What is the best way to get started on the program?
  5. I want to achieve better control of my diabetes, but I'm not ready to commit to a program. What can I do to become ready?
  6. Why Glucerna products?
  7. If I follow this program, what changes can I expect to see? How long will it take?
  8. Can I use this program if I am taking medications for diabetes and/or weight loss?
  1. What is Diabetes Control for Life?

    Diabetes Control for Life is a comprehensive nutrition, activity, and lifestyle program for people with diabetes who want to manage their blood sugar levels, achieve a healthy weight, and, therefore, get better control of their disease. The whole program design is based on a study conducted by doctors with people just like you who had diabetes and needed to get better control of their disease.1 Participating in the free Diabetes Control for Life Program will help you achieve gradual nutrition, activity, and lifestyle changes, step-by-step over the course of 24 weeks. To help you reach these goals, the program offers:

    • More than 70 useful, motivating, and fun articles about healthy eating, active living, and general well-being
    • Helpful diabetes management tools, including weekly blood glucose and daily activity tracking charts and a BMI calculator
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  2. How long is the Diabetes Control for Life Program?

    The program is designed to last for 24 weeks; but the gradual changes you make to your nutritional, activity, and lifestyle patterns, along with improved control of your diabetes, can last for the rest of your life. Remember, you always can go back to the program at later stages and use different parts of it to help you continue to control your diabetes on an ongoing basis. As with any health-related matter, consult your health care professional before starting the program.

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  3. What are the benefits of following the Diabetes Control for Life Program?

    For people with diabetes, the benefits may include:

    • Improved control over blood sugar level
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Weight loss and smaller waist size

    Better control of diabetes can mean:

    • Reduction in many risks associated with diabetes, such as cardiovascular (heart) disease
    • Potential reduction in the need for diabetes medication
    • More mobility
    • Improved quality of life
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  4. What is the best way to get started on the program?

    It is easy to get started. Simply visit the program page on this site and click on Week 1 to begin. In this step-by-step program, you simply complete each week in order. Once you have read the articles and followed the recommendations for Week 1, proceed to Week 2, etc. As with any health-related matter, consult your health care professional before starting the program.

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  5. I want to achieve better control of my diabetes, but I'm not ready to commit to a program. What can I do to become ready?

    There are several small steps you can start taking today to help you get ready to commit to the program. Here are some steps to get you started:

    • Gather information. Learn about your diabetes and the benefits of controlling it.
    • Make a list of the pros and cons of learning and practicing new habits. If the pros to change outweigh the cons to change, you're probably getting close to being ready.
    • Write down the things you already do to take good care of yourself.
    • Consider taking small steps in your diet, lifestyle, and well-being, such as switching from regular soda to diet soda, or parking your car a little farther from the store than you normally would.
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  6. Why Glucerna products?

    You may be feeling that, during your normal eating patterns or lifestyle, you are struggling to achieve good outcomes for yourself. You may be snacking on foods that aggravate your blood glucose levels, worrying about your calorie intake as you are trying to maintain your weight or lose weight, and generally feeling out of control. Glucerna, as touched upon above, has been used in clinical trials where individuals made a number of structured changes to their lifestyle habits.

    Glucerna products can also fill the need for a low calorie meal or snack replacement that is easy and convenient, and provide a set number of calories. Glucerna is a healthy choice for people with diabetes. Consult your health care professional about making Glucerna products part of your diet.

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  7. If I follow this program, what changes can I expect to see? How long will it take?

    You can set specific goals with your health care professional, and watch for gradual improvements in diabetes control as you stick to the 24-week program.

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  8. Can I use this program if I am taking medications for diabetes and/or weight loss?

    Yes, you can use Diabetes Control for Life if you are taking medications for diabetes and/or weight loss. Just be sure to discuss your use of this program with your doctor before starting the program, and periodically during the program for any possible medication changes. Do not change your dose and/or the frequency with which you are taking your medications without first talking to your doctor.

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1. Sun J., et al. Structured intervention on the management of overweight patients with type 2 diabetes management in Shanghai China. 66th session ADA, abstr, 2006.

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