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.
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.



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.

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