Is the SENSA program ok for Type 2 diabetics?
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.