This year’s World Health Day focused on Diabetes and the staggering rise in the number of people diagnosed with the condition.
Globally, 422 million people suffer with Diabetes1 with latest government figures reporting that more than four million people are affected here in the UK, 85-95% of which have Type 2 diabetes2.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disorder which develops when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin it produces doesn’t work effectively (insulin resistance). There are many factors that increase the risk of developing the disease; however 80-85% of T2D is obesity related3.
For those with T2D, losing weight can be achieved through simple lifestyle changes such as engaging in regular exercise and consuming a balanced diet, high in fibre and of a low glycaemic index.
In conjunction with a balanced diet, research has shown how meal replacements can also offer an effective strategy for weight loss. Results from clinical testing found that those with T2D who replaced one daily meal with Almased®, Germany’s No.1 meal replacement, experienced significant weight loss. As a result, improvements were observed in fasting blood sugar levels, fasting insulin and long-term blood sugar levels4.
What is Almased®?
Almased® is a unique fermented formula made from high-quality soya, yogurt and enzyme-rich honey with added vitamins and minerals. It is a clean product, containing no artificial fillers, flavours, preservatives or stimulants and only naturally occurring sugars. It is also non-GMO, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
Almased®’s high protein and reduced carbohydrate content results in a low glycaemic index (27) and exceptionally low glycaemic load (4), which means that when absorbed, blood glucose levels are only raised slightly thus reducing the body’s demand for insulin. As a result of this lower insulin requirement, fat stores are utilised for energy making it easier for people with T2D to lose weight.
Incorporating Germany’s best-selling weight loss product into a balanced diet can positively help with weight loss, weight maintenance and subsequently, glycaemic control.
How to use: Mix 50g (5 heaped tbsps) of Almased® with 200ml of low-fat milk or 200-350ml of water and 2tsp of oil rich in essential fatty acids (i.e. flaxseed, rapeseed, walnut or olive).
Almased® is only available from Boots Pharmacies.
World Health Organisation (2016). Global report on Diabetes. Executive summary; 1-4
Diabetes UK (2016). What is Type 2 Diabetes. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/What-is-diabetes/What-is-Type-2-Diabetes/
Diabetes UK (2016). Prevention of Type 2 diabetes: Whole society interventions to reduce obesity. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/What-we-say/Type-2-diabetes-prevention-early-identification/Prevention-of-Type-2-diabetes-whole-society-interventions-to-reduce-obesity/
Martin, S. et al (2013) Protein-rich meal replacement significantly reduces HbA1c, weight and antidiabetic medication in Type 2 diabetes patients – a randomised controlled trial. Diabetes 62: 768.