Product & Plan FAQs

Diabetes

Does Medifast have weight-loss programs for people with diabetes?
Yes! Medifast has special programs for people with type 2 diabetes to help you understand how you can safely and effectively lose weight and better control your blood sugar levels using Medifast, with your physician's supervision. Refer to the Medifast for Diabetes Guide (PDF) for complete details.
What are the Medifast Plus for Diabetics Shakes?

All Medifast Meals are calorie- and carbohydrate-controlled, making them suitable for people with type 2 diabetes. Recent testing has also demonstrated our entire product line to be low on the glycemic index. Low-glycemic foods help to minimize spikes in blood sugar levels and control hunger, keeping you feeling full longer.

Medifast also carries a special line of shakes called Medifast Plus for Diabetics; these are lower in sugar and total carbohydrates than to our regular line of products. Medifast Plus for Diabetics Shakes contain less than 6 grams of sugar and 10 grams (or fewer) of total carbohydrates per serving, and have been certified by the Glycemic Research Institute to make the claim "low glycemic" and carry the Glycemic Research Institute's seal of approval. Medifast Plus for Diabetics Shakes are completely interchangeable with other Medifast Meals, and can be used as a Medifast Meal in the 5 & 1 Plan or one of the specialized meal plans for diabetes. Refer to the Medifast for Diabetes Guide (PDF) for complete details.

What is Medifast Plus for Diabetics?

Medifast Plus for Diabetics is a specially designed line of food products formulated to meet the needs of people with diabetes. Medifast Plus for Diabetics contains fewer than 6 grams of sugar and 9 total carbohydrates per serving. Medifast Plus for Diabetics can be used as a supplement in a weight-loss program or in addition to a diabetes meal plan.

Medifast Plus For Diabetics has been certified by the Glycemic Research Institute to make the claim "low glycemic" and is authorized to use the Glycemic Research Institute's Seal of Approval.

How do I use Medifast Plus for Diabetics for weight loss?
Medifast recommends that you consult with your primary care physician or diabetes specialist before beginning a program using Medifast Meals - including Medifast Plus for Diabetics. You should discuss blood sugar monitoring, oral diabetes agents, and changes to your insulin regimen with your physician before starting a weight-loss program. As with any weight-loss program, using Medifast products may lessen your need for diabetic medications.
Who should use Medifast Plus for Diabetics?
Medifast Plus for Diabetics is intended for people with type 2 diabetes and can be used in conjunction with a weight-loss and/or weight-maintenance plan. However, all Medifast Meals are appropriate for people with type 2 diabetes, due to the consistent and low carbohydrates level in the Medifast Program. You can choose to only eat Plus for Diabetics, or you can have a combination of regular Medifast Meals and Plus for Diabetics.
Can a person with diabetes only use the items offered in the Variety Package for Diabetes?
No. All Medifast Meals are calorie- and carbohydrate-controlled, making them suitable for people with type 2 diabetes.
What if I am taking insulin injections daily to control diabetes?
Medifast strongly recommends that you consult with your physician about your current insulin dosage prior to beginning the program. Since a low-calorie, healthy diet (such as Medifast) has the potential to normalize your blood sugar, many physicians either reduce the amount of insulin at the start of the 5 & 1 Plan or recommend following a higher calorie level than the 5 & 1 Plan. Please refer to the Medifast for Diabetes Guide (PDF) for more information. We also recommend that you monitor your blood sugar levels and continue consulting with your physician about your insulin requirements.
Should I continue my oral diabetes medication?
We suggest that check your blood sugar at least two to three times daily, especially at the beginning of your Medifast Program. If your blood sugar levels fall below the range specified by your physician, you should seek the advice of your physician. The Medifast Program probably provides a lower intake of calories and carbohydrates than your current diet.
Can I do Medifast if I have diabetes?
If you have type 2 diabetes (adult onset), you should be able to do Medifast just fine. Consult your physician prior to starting any weight-loss program, including Medifast. We suggest you monitor your blood sugar readings once or twice a day as well as stay in close contact with your physician for instructions on making changes in your medications.
How should I use Medifast Plus for Diabetics for general nutrition or weight maintenance?
Medifast recommends that you consult with your primary care physician or diabetes specialist before beginning a program using Medifast Plus for Diabetics. You should discuss blood sugar monitoring, oral diabetes agents, and changes to your insulin regimen with your physician before starting the program.



Take Shape For Life makes no claim that these results are representative of all participants on the Take Shape For Life Program. Take Shape For Life recommends you consult with a physician before starting a weight-loss program. Individual results will vary. Medifast is the brand recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter. BeSlim® Club Membership: Minimum purchase of $150 required to qualify for free standard shipping offer. First orders over $250 receive 28 free meals. Second orders over $250 receive an additional 28 free meals. See the BeSlim® Club terms and conditions for complete details.


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