Meal replacement shakes for Type 1s

By sfgiantschick Latest Reply 2014-05-12 12:21:54 -0500
Started 2014-05-07 08:38:22 -0500

I am curious if Me replacement shakes are an option for Type 1s. I have a hard time eating lunch when I'm not hungry and think that shakes might work. If they are an option, what should I look for in a shake? When brand is best for diabetics? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

15 replies

Lucja 2014-05-12 00:12:16 -0500 Report

That can be a little scary but I would think that meds should be taken with your meals..maybe some adjustment of some sort should be made by your doctor that you can achieve to lower the A1C…

kmk1968 2014-05-10 13:22:07 -0500 Report

Hello, I have been having the glucerna meal shakes for breakfast and lunch .( not the snack shakes ) and so far I have been doing fine with them .u do have to adjust your insulin though.. good luck !!

IronOre 2014-05-12 12:21:54 -0500 Report

I checked out the Glucera web page ~ it seems very gimmicky to me ~ I assume it's expensive too.

jayabee52 2014-05-10 13:34:27 -0500 Report

adjust your insulin? Does that mean they spike you or does that mean that you need to lower your insulin lest you hypo?

IronOre 2014-05-08 21:28:44 -0500 Report

Well, to me it sounds like you haven't had the chance yet to speak with a dietitian associated with a diabetes clinic. It's probably a good thing to do. I went because my doc made me go, but I am glad I did.
What you eat is all based on the nutrition label, and the dietitian will show you how to do that. It is much easier than you may think.
So yes, you can have that shake, but you need to get the specifics yourself.

sfgiantschick 2014-05-10 22:25:24 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed last June and saw a dietitian while in the hospital and a few times after…she didn't teach me anything that I didn't already know…I see my doctor later this month and will see what he has to say before I make any decisions. I just wanted to know what the thoughts about the shakes were…

Thanks for your reply!

wraithmb 2014-05-08 08:20:24 -0500 Report

Once again, the carb and sugars make the difference. When I calculate the insulin I need to take, the formula is carbohydrate + sugar - fibre / grams of carb per unit of insulin. So if the information about the ideal protein chocolate shake is correct (from via a google search) is correct, my formula would work out to 4 carb + 0 sugar - 3 grams fibre / 12 g/unit = 0.1 unit (round to the nearest tenth) per carton of ideal protein. I'd basically need 12 of these to take one unit.

The problem I would worry about here is having a liver dump because I ate so little. It's not the shake you need to worry about in this situation, but your body's defense against starvation. I'm no expert on the whole liver dump thing, as it's something I would seldom experience, so I would ask the group to provide some more information on the likeliness and the overall consequences of this.

sfgiantschick 2014-05-07 23:17:07 -0500 Report

What about the protein shakes? Are those bad news too? I'm talking about stuff like Shakeology and Ideal Protein…those kind.

Nick1962 2014-05-08 11:28:15 -0500 Report

As you’ve probably guessed from the answers so far, we don’t put too much faith in shakes. At one time I did use them temporarily, but being T2, I didn’t have to deal with all the complications you will. Protein shakes come in many forms – whey, soy, casein, goat’s milk, and egg white – and all have different effects on the body and are used for different desired results. None are complete nutrition.
I found that if I haven’t eaten, even half one of these shakes will spike me abnormally – even the low carb/sugar ones – and of course there is the risk of getting too much protein. A handful of unsalted nuts typically would fill the void better for me with little to no spike. Unfortunately, there is no “workaround” for diabetics.

jayabee52 2014-05-07 14:54:36 -0500 Report

Howdy sfgiantschick

I agree with wraith and Joyce here. I know from the experience of my girlfriend that some Glucerna shakes have really spiked her. She had been given those shakes to drink, to help her heal from a surgery.

I looked it up for her and found that it is indeed supposed to help healing from surgical proceedures, but to drink that shake put her Blood Glucose (BG) levels into the mid to high 200s (sorry Lynn, just reporting what she said happened), which concerrned her enough to ask the Dr to discontinue those for her.

It is better to eat a little something low carb for lunch rather than not. Perhaps a protein. Don't want you to go into hypo. There are protein bars out there you could eat as well, but then you'd need to look at the ingredient list and the nutritional info listed on the bar, as some of those bars are little more than candy bars hyped up with protein.

If you have access to a Registered Dietician (RD), perhaps you could get their views on the shake versus the protein bar and get some suggestions from the RD which might be a brand for which to look. .

Praying your search is successful

James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-07 13:06:04 -0500 Report

I never replace a meal with a shake. You have to look at the nutritional value. Some are very high in sugar and calories and others may have no real nutritional values.

wraithmb 2014-05-07 12:24:59 -0500 Report

I'm not too sure about the replacement shakes and the suitability for diabetics, but watch the carb, sugar, and fiber on the nutrition label. Higher carb and sugar = higher spike in blood sugars

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-07 13:07:13 -0500 Report

I agree with you. I find it easier to eat something when I am not hungry but know I should eat something.