Can I use diet shakes as part of my diet? I am type 2, and can't exercise due to mobility problems. I am on insulin and metformin.

Amy Campbell


Yes, meal replacement shakes or powders can certainly be part of a weight-loss plan. We use meal replacements as part of our weight management program here at Joslin. There are many options to choose from, but you might want to look for meal replacements that are geared specifically for people with diabetes. These are lower in carbohydrate than other types of shakes. Examples include Boost Glucose Control, Boost Calorie Smart, Glucerna Hunger Smart and Equate Ultra Weight Loss shake. You can take shakes for one or two meals of the day, and then eat a lower fat, nutritionally balanced meal as your third meal. Because it takes careful planning to incorporate meal replacements into your eating plan, I’d advise you to ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian. He or she can help you figure out the best type of meal replacement to use and how to plan your other meals and snacks during the day, taking into account your diabetes medicines. Finally, because physical activity is such an important part of both weight and diabetes management, talk to your doctor about seeing an exercise physiologist or physical therapist. They can help you find exercises that are appropriate for you, such as armchair exercises or resistance bands, for example.

June 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

6 replies

911MAMI 2014-10-22 08:04:04 -0500 Report

My daughter did the meal replacement shakes & eats a nice balanced dinner including a lot of water.She actually lost a lot of weight and looks amazing. Says she feels more energetic as well, It's not for everyone but it works well for others.

Tracey_j 2013-07-04 21:48:47 -0500 Report

i personally dont believe in meal replacements. everything is about education. if i had a choice between a healthy chicken/ham salad or a diet shake i know what i'd pick. it's about the fat. i changed to all dairy to low fat or no fat. no white bread, only wholemeal..