Posted by: Lee | 2011-12-12


Metrogenix shake

Hi. I had my insulin level''s tested and it came back at 15.8. My endocrynologist put me on what he called " boot camp" . I am drinking shakes. 3 x a day Metrogenix 360X and 2 x a day biogen IsoWhey. I am in my 5th week, I need to do 6 weeks. When I am finished with the shakes, I need to do a meal relplacement with the shake and carry on with the biogen. My endocrynologist has said that I am not allowed to eat anything with fructose, aspartame and acesulfame k in it.

Firstly, do you think this is safe with the shakes?

Secondly, can I eat carbs, protein, fruits, veggies? What should I stay away from?

I have lost 10kgs in the 5 weeks I''ve been doing this.

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Diabetes expert

Dear Lee

Insulin resistance is very much linked to excess weight, and improving weight makes a big impact. When looking at weight loss, a long term approach is always best, as short term radical changes are not maintainable.

Certainly one can improve insulin resistance with rapid weight loss over a short period, but if there is not a long term plan, the potential concern is that the weight will return along with the insulin resistance. With regards to the shakes, I can’t find the breakdown of the metrogenix on the internet, but assume it to be high in protein similar to the biogen.

Diets higher in protein can help with weight loss, but do need to be used in combination with a balanced meal plan. I don’t believe that you will be able to tolerate the shakes forever, and therefore there will need to be a transition to a more balanced meal. Certainly there are no long term data on staying on the shakes.

In reply to the question about eating fruits, carbs and veggies, certainly you can, but again if the aim is weight loss, then you need to look carefully at your daily calorie intake

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Posted by: JEANETTE | 2012-01-24

obese 72 type 2 between 6.7 & 7.4 reading on warferin and hbp want a shake to lose weight diabetic


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