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Glycemic Effect

Optimal glycemic control means that your blood sugar levels are just as good as they can be, which is essential to the management of your diabetes. In fact, early glycemic control is important to help reduce the long-term complications of diabetes.1

Glycemic response is a measurement of how much a particular food raises your blood sugar levels after you eat it.2 Foods that contain carbohydrates that are digested very quickly usually have a very fast effect on blood sugar, and rate high on the glycemic index.

Glycemic index

The glycemic index (GI) is a scale that ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by their glycemic response compared to a standard food.3 The glycemic index should be used as a tool to help you with healthy eating.

Read more about the Glycemic Index on the Canadian Diabetes Association website at

Slowly digested carbohydrates have a low glycemic index, meaning that glucose is released into the blood very gradually, and the glycemic response is more even.

That's where Glucerna Nutritional Drink comes in

Glucerna Nutritional Drink is specifically designed for people with diabetes as it has:

- a special carbohydrate blend with slow-release carbohydrates, including fibre
- the balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat that the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends for a   healthy diet.4
- 23 g of available carbohydrates in each bottle.

Other benefits

  Health benefits

You may already know that having diabetes puts you at higher risk of getting heart disease. Why does this happen? If your blood sugar levels are not properly controlled, there is a higher risk of:

  • high blood pressure
  • hardening/narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • coronary artery disease
  • stroke

In addition, you need to consider more than just your blood sugar levels. You have to think about ways to manage your overall health … from head to toe, and everything in between, including the health of your heart. You need to consider other dietary component such as fat.

A healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.5 Glucerna Nutritional Drink has a fat blend that meets those criteria.

One more reason you can feel good every time you reach for a Glucerna Nutritional Drink. Let's take a closer look at those ingredients.

  Monounsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids

Glucerna Nutritional Drink contains monounsaturated fats. People living with diabetes should favour foods rich in monounsaturated fats and plant oils into their meal plans.4 to decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Each bottle of Glucerna Nutritional Drink also contains 0.4 g of omega-3 linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that we can only get from the foods you eat.

  Eating well and managing your weight

Maintaining or achieving a healthy weight is important for your overall health. If you are overweight with type 2 diabetes, even a small weight loss –of 5 to 10% of your current body weight – may have a significant effect on your overall diabetes management.4 To learn more on how to manage your weight, and some helpful tips to consider before you head for the kitchen, visit

  Healthy eating is a cornerstone of diabetes management

Glucerna Nutritional Drink is a complete and balanced product with protein as well as 26 vitamins and minerals. It can be taken as a snack when you need one now . while waiting in the check-out line, in your doctor's waiting room, or in between meetings. It can also be used as a convenient meal replacement. As part of healthy eating, Glucerna Nutritional Drink may help you maintain a healthy weight because it is portion-controlled.46 Try the different flavors or include it in your favourite recipes!

Glucerna Nutritional Drink gets it right. It's easy to include Glucerna Nutritional Drink in your daily eating plan. Ask your health care professional how to include Glucerna Nutritional Drink in your diet, or see our section on Living with Diabetes for more information.

Open a bottle today. And enjoy.

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1. Bailey CJ, Day C. Glycaemic memory. British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease 2008; 8:242-7.
2. Health Canada. Draft Guidance Document on Food Health Claims Related to the Reduction in Post-Prandial Glycaemic Response. June 2013.
3. ,
Accessed August 1st, 2014.
4. Dworatzek PD, Arcudi K, Gougeon R et al. Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada: Nutrition Therapy. Can J Diabetes 2013; 37(suppl 1): S45-S55.
5. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada., Accessed August 2015.
6. Wadden TA et al. One-year weight losses in the Look AHEAD study: factors associated with success.
Obesity. 2009; 17:713-22

Glucerna drinks and bars

Glucerna Nutritional Drinks are available in four delicious flavours – and every drink comes in an easy-to-open, reclosable bottle. And when you’re in-between meals, or looking for a little bedtime treat, indulge in a Glucerna bar.

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Please note that the information provided on this website is intended for Canadian residents and is not meant to replace any advice from your healthcare professional.
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