Recent statistics have confirmed that 463 million adults worldwide (1-in-11) are currently living with diabetes and this number is expected to rise to 578 million by 2030. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 8% of all cases, whereas 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2.
In the UK, a staggering 12.3 million people are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is a lifelong condition, but Type 2 diabetes is considered a lifestyle disease. The main causes of the condition are overweight and obesity, poor energy-rich diets and a lack of physical activity.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells are unable to react to insulin. The ineffectiveness of insulin means that the body cannot use glucose efficiently, resulting in the continuous rise of blood glucose levels. The increased blood glucose levels coupled with ineffective insulin usage results in fat storage and difficulty losing weight.
Age, ethnicity and family history can all contribute to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but the most significant factor is obesity, in particular, carrying weight around the stomach. However, it is promising to note that around 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being more physically active. Research has shown that losing even 1kg of body weight can help reduce the risk.
Meal replacements have gained attention in recent years mainly due to their effectiveness in short-term weight loss, long-term weight maintenance and subsequent benefits in blood sugar control. Meal replacement diets have been formulated to be convenient, high in protein and nutrient-rich, whilst remaining calorie-controlled (200-250 calories per meal). Controlling calorie intake and creating a calorie deficit is key to any effective weight loss diet.
Studies have proven that consuming meal replacement shakes can result in a clinically significant weight reduction of between 10-15% body weight and subsequent health benefits for obesity-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. Research has also shown a positive correlation between weight loss and improved blood sugar levels.
Germany’s No.1 Meal Replacement- A Healthy Solution For Type 2 Diabetes!
Almased is Germany’s No.1* calorie-controlled meal replacement and when used in conjunction with a balanced diet, can help achieve healthy weight loss and permanent weight maintenance. Voted Germany’s ‘Most Trusted Weight Loss Brand 2020’, Almased is made with a natural fermented blend of high-quality soya, yogurt, a hint of enzyme-rich honey and boosted with added vitamins and minerals. The wholesome and clean nature of the brand ensured no artificial fillers, flavours, preservatives or stimulants are ever used to make Almased. It is also non-GMO, gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians. The manufacturing process of Almased results in an ideal 2:1 ratio of protein and carbohydrate, with a low glycaemic index (GI) of 27 and an extremely low glycaemic load (GL) of 4.
Almased’s low GI confirms the suitability for those with diabetes; its low GI means that it is slowly absorbed into the body and ensures blood sugar levels are not adversely affected, while the body’s requirement for insulin is also reduced. As a result of this lower insulin requirement, fat stores are utilised for energy making it possible for those with Type 2 diabetes to lose weight. Over 30 years of clinical testing has proven that a diet with Almased can significantly benefit those with Type 2 diabetes. Improvements in weight reduction, waist and hip circumference and long-term blood glucose levels can all be attributed to a diet including Almased1.
Almased’s Scientific Findings
- Significant weight loss and improved long-term blood sugar levels (HbA1c)1.
- Reduced HbA1c and insulin requirements after a 12-week diet regime with Almased1.
- Participants no longer requiring insulin therapy1.
- Greater calorie and fat-burning versus a standard 2,000 calorie diet2.
- Significant reductions in body mass index, waist and hip circumference3.
- Long-term sustainable weight loss after 12 months3.
- Almased combined with a Telemonitoring intervention achieved a significant 0.8% reduction in HbA1c, coupled with a reduction in insulin and anti-diabetic medication4.
Almased in Your Diet!
Incorporating Almased into a balanced diet can support weight loss, weight maintenance and subsequently, improve glycaemic control. You can replace one, two or three daily meals by mixing 5 tbsps of Almased with 200ml of low-fat milk, unsweetened plant-based milk or 200-350ml of water and 2 tsps of oil rich in essential fatty acids (i.e flaxseed, rapeseed, walnut or olive).
*Euromonitor International (2019). 1.Kempf, K et al (2013). Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; (2): 21-27. 2. Oliveira, C et al (2020). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 00:1–12. 3. König, D et al (2008). Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism; 52(1):74-78. 4. Kempf, K et al (2017) Diabetes Care; Jul 40(7): 863-871. †Reader’s Digest. Trusted Brands 2020. Germany