Survey Shows 1 in 5 M'sians Have Diabetes. This Programme Aims To Help Them Manage It

Health experts will be providing participants with nutrition plans, exercise, medication, and glucose monitoring for four weeks.

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According to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey, one in five adults, which is equivalent to 3.9 million people aged 18 and above in Malaysia, are suffering from diabetes

More worryingly, diabetic patients are at risk of experiencing more serious complications from COVID-19 because the body's immune system is weakened. This makes fighting the virus more difficult and results in a longer recovery period.

One of the main factors that causes diabetes is the body not being able to produce enough insulin, or not being able to use insulin properly

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels by allowing glucose to enter cells, thereby lowering blood glucose levels.

Uncontrolled blood glucose levels in the body not only increases the risk of developing diabetes, but may also cause vision loss, kidney failure, and nerve damage, as well as lead to needing lower limb amputation.

In order to prevent or control diabetes, blood glucose monitoring is an important basic component, especially if you're growing older or have a family history of the disease.

Among the effective ways to manage blood glucose levels is making healthy lifestyle changes, including complete and balanced food intake, exercise, regular monitoring of glucose levels, taking medications as prescribed by doctors, and community support.

Concerned with the health of the Malaysian community, Abbott Nutrition launched the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Programme to provide an approach to lifestyle and nutrition, especially in the management of blood glucose levels

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This programme aims to help the community in the management of glucose levels with the help of health experts, who will be providing things like nutrition plans, exercise, medication, and glucose monitoring for four weeks.

Eligible participants will be given a #BeInControl Starter Kit to help them throughout the virtual programme, and will be given community support through knowledge sharing and group engagement activities.

After the four-week programme ends, participants will be celebrated in a graduation ceremony as a sign of their commitment in making lifestyle changes. They will stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM60,000.

Start your healthy lifestyle today by joining the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Programme here.

For patients who want to control diabetes more efficiently, healthcare experts recommend taking diabetes-specific formula products that are low on the glycemic index and contain complete and balanced nutrition

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This includes Glucerna products, which helps to control blood glucose levels more efficiently. It does this via a Unique Carbohydrate System that is low on the glycemic index, and is digested slowly to produce a longer release of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract¹.

The four times higher content of Myo-Inositol* in Glucerna products also helps improve insulin sensitivity for better glucose control². Equipped with 35 types of complete and balanced nutrients, Glucerna products can even be taken as a meal replacement for weight management³.

In fact, it also comes with a Unique Lipid Blend that contains Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 to support heart health⁴. Additionally, its Dual Fiber Formula improves the health of the digestive system⁵.

This product is offered in three delicious flavors, namely vanilla, chocolate, and wheat.

Recently, Glucerna also launched a ready-to-drink format to meet the needs of Malaysians who want to enjoy the goodness of Glucerna anytime, anywhere.

*Compared to previous versions of Glucerna
¹ Devitt AA, et al. J Diab Res Clin Metabol. 2012
² Dang NT, et al. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2010
³ Chee WSS, et al. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017
⁴ Eckel RH, et al. Circulation. 2014
⁵ Gowd V, et al. Crit Rev Biotechnol. 2019

Glucerna is available at nearby stores and e-commerce platforms such as Lazada and Shopee.

For more information about the product, you can visit their official website.

Diabetics who want to know more about the Glucerna Lifestyle Change Programme can check out the programme's official website.

The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader's own medical care.

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This article originally appeared on Berita Harian, with rights to be republished on SAYS

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