Shadow's Mom

Q:

Is the SENSA program ok for Type 2 diabetics?

Amy Campbell

A:

Sensa is a weight loss program that consists of using “sprinkles” on your food (called “tastants”) that are said to decrease your appetite, increase your sense of smell and help you feel fuller, sooner. The tastants, which are calorie- and carbohydrate-free, are made of maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica, soy and milk ingredients. The premise behind Sensa is that you can eat whatever you like – you just have to shake the tastants on your food beforehand. Sensa’s website does cite a company-sponsored study of 1400 men and women who lost 30 pounds over 6 months using Sensa (the control group of 100 people lost only two pounds in the same amount of time). There has been some criticism about the research, however, in that the subjects who used Sensa self-reported their weight (rather than having the researchers weigh them). It’s also not known whether the subjects in the study were able to keep their weight off. To my knowledge, there are no studies that have looked at Sensa use among people with type 2 diabetes. And there aren’t any independent clinical trial studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Sensa. If you are interested in trying Sensa, first discuss its use with your physician. However, my advice is to work with a dietitian to develop a safe, healthy eating plan that can help you manage your weight and your diabetes.

3 replies

RevJoAnn
RevJoAnn 2013-06-14 00:54:17 -0500 Report

I am extremely obese and I would like suggestions on what to eat for snacks and other meals.. My teeth are not very good so I have trouble chewing hard food. I only have 10 teeth

bfitforlife
bfitforlife 2013-05-18 09:57:30 -0500 Report

My brother in law started using a line products that are all diabetic friendly and all natural and he has had such amazing results with his BG levels AND weight loss, that I started using them myself and love love love them. They have a sweetener that hits the index at 14…

clacomo
clacomo 2013-05-05 23:52:39 -0500 Report

I have tried Sensa & I couldn't tell it did anything for me. I wouldn't waste my money on it.