Diabetes mellitus is a lifelong chronic disease. There is no known cure for it. Once a person acquires it, the least that he could do is to manage to keep his blood sugar levels as close to normal, without causing low blood sugar. It will take so much effort as he has to accomplish a healthy diet, exercise, maintain an ideal weight, and use appropriate medications.
The International Diabetes Foundation has reported that the Philippines has been named as one of the world’s emerging diabetes hotspot having treated 3.2 million cases in 2014 alone.
Also, according to statistics, diabetes-related deaths has doubled in the past two decades in the Philippines and diabetes has been on the top 10 leading causes of mortality in our country.
This is why learning about the disease and actively participating in the treatment is important. The complications are far less common and less severe in people who have well-managed blood sugar levels. People with diabetes can benefit from education about the disease and treatment, good nutrition to achieve a normal body weight, and exercise, with the goal of keeping both short-term and long-term blood glucose levels within acceptable bounds.
One of the misconceptions about diabetes is that people living with it lead very restricted lives. This is a misconception that Gary Valenciano is very familiar with, but this has not discouraged him from becoming the success that he is.
Gary was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just fourteen years old and was told by his doctors that he would not live past the age of forty. Thirty-seven years after his diagnosis and more than 90, 000 insulin injections later, Gary has never been more active in both his personal and professional life. The artist, performer, athlete and family man’s strong resolve to constantly defeat the disease comes after his worst hypoglycemic attack in 2005, which almost claimed his life. Ten years after that fateful event, he is now complication free and has been called a living miracle by many doctors.
How does he do it? His outlook is one of great resolve. “I’m living a life with diabetes, but I won’t let it stop me”, he has said in a 2009 interview with Ces Drilon. He believes that with proper management of the disease, it allows him to live a rich, dynamic life. This multi-awarded performer shares that religiously doing exercise, careful observation of his blood sugar, taking the right medication and having a proper diet helps him in his miraculous journey in dealing with diabetes.
Another main factor in Diabetes mellitus dilemma is the societal taboo or misinformation. Once people hear about the diabetes, they will easily blame it all to sugar and anything that is sweet. They will advise the patient to avoid or control the consumption of anything with sugar. What they don’t see is that there is so much that we have to learn about diabetes and sweets.
A diet that includes Diabetamil is one that Gary lives by. This reduced-calorie, sugar-free cereal, and Non-cereal drink contain vitamins, minerals and protein specially formulated for people with diabetes.
It is enriched with Chromium Picolinate and Dietary fiber, is high in Calcium and has a Low Glycemic (GI) Value.
The mineral Chromium Picolinate found in the drink can aid in both glucose and insulin metabolism by breaking down the fats, protein and cholesterol. Dr. Lanny Lestiani, a Medical Nutritionist at the Unversity of Indonesia, testifies that chromium showed its potential in improving insulin sensitivity; Diabetamil enriched with chromium (250 mcg per serving) may be beneficial for diabetics to improve their glycemic control”. In addition, this nutritional drink also fulfills the Codex requirement as a source of Calcium, which can be beneficial in optimizing glucose metabolism.
The high fiber oat content in Diabetamil Chocolate & Vanilla drinks helps lower bad cholesterol. It also contains a glycemic index (GI) value level of 30.5 which helps reduce overall blood glucose level.
Several nutritionists have confirmed the benefits of including Diabetamil to a diabetic’s daily balanced diet. “The usage of non-sugar sweetening agents (sucralose and acesulfame K) to Diabetamil may help diabetics reduce their blood glucose level”, attest Dr. Widjaja Lukito, an associate professor of the Nutrition Department at the University of Indonesia. Because Diabetamil is a reduced calorie meal substitute, it can help diabetics control their body weight’, endorses Ayu Dwi Irianti, a Nutrition Coordinator at one of Jakarta’s premier hospitals.
Aside from the multi-flavored nutritional drinks, Diabetamil also offers low-calorie and sugar-free cookies suitable for diabetics. Snacks have an important role in the daily diet as they help keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
Now that we know how significant knowledge is in combatting diabetes, we can now agree that bitterness is not the key to manage diabetes, sweetness is not a bad thing after all!
Diabetamil is available in all leading Supermarkets, groceries and drugstores.
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