Is Shakeology Safe for Diabetics?

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by in All Posts, Family, Shakeology, Videos

Are you a Diabetic? Is Shakeology® safe for you?

While I must preface this with, Please consult your physician, let me tell you my story. No, I’m not a diabetic. But my 80 year old father and my best friend both are. But before I tell you about them, back to me for a bit. Where was I?

Oh yeah…back to my story…  (Or, if you prefer, you can just watch the video and skip down to the facts about the Glycemic Index – Your choice!)

Although I’m not a diabetic, I’ve personally experienced amazing results since adding Shakeology to my daily diet. It started out as increased energy – HUGE plus for me because I was always tired…no matter how many hours of sleep I got each night. Then, I realized I was losing weight without trying. Hmmm…it wasn’t that I didn’t need to lose weight, I did. But I had reached a plateau and had sort of given up on trying, including giving up on my workouts. Wow, there must be something to this Shakeology stuff. Maybe 100 Doctors really Don’t Lie!

When my blood pressure started to go down and my cardiologist decreased the strength of one of the two medications I was on for high blood pressure, I thought great! But is this just a coincidence? Can I tie it back to the Shakeology? I decided to do a little experiment…My primary care physician had me on prescription iron (yes, I was that anemic – over the counter didn’t cut it) and monthly B12 shots. I hated those shots so I stopped getting them and I stopped taking my iron 6 months prior to my next blood test. I was told I’d have to be on both for life. I didn’t tell my doctor I quit taking the meds. I wanted to see what my results were. When my doctor read the results, she said my levels were the best she’d seen in 2 years and were finally within normal range. This was a welcome change from my visit a year ago where my iron levels were so dangerously low, I was seriously at risk for death. When I informed her that I had stopped both the iron and B12 a little over 6 months prior, she was stunned. She couldn’t believe it – not with the results in her hand. That’s when I told her about Shakeology and she wanted some! I happened to have a couple samples and gave them to her along with the 100 Doctor’s Don’t Lie CD. She snatched them up and scheduled me for another blood test in 6 months just to be sure. She called me prior to my checkup asking me how she could order it for herself.

Another 6 months and another blood test and my results were even better but…I was starting to feel tired again and my blood pressure was really low. I check it daily because it used to be dangerously high. When I took the print out of my BP readings into my Cardiologist, he was astounded and said I was tired because my pressure was too low. I told him about Shakeology and that I really believed that it was the cause. He took me off of all blood pressure medications, instructed me to take my bp readings daily, and he needed to see me in 3 months instead of 6 months…just in case. I agreed on one condition – that he thoroughly check out Shakeology because I was worried about my Dad and best friend who are both diabetic and while I’ve read that Shakeology is low on the Glycemic Index (GI) and therefore is safe for diabetics, this is my 80 year old Daddy we were talking about and I needed to be sure it was safe for him.

When I returned in 3 months my average blood pressure 104/68! My cardiologist was impressed and had kept his end of the bargain, too! He told me it was absolutely safe for my Dad and my friend, that I should get them both on it right away, and that I needed to stay on it no matter what. Then he proceeded to to tell me that a person could not buy all of the ingredients that go into each shake and even if they find them all, they wouldn’t be able to afford what it takes for just one shake and even if they could afford it, they still wouldn’t be able to get the nutrition because spinach today doesn’t even have 1/2 the nutritional value of spinach 50 years ago, and we’ve over-farmed our soil and depleted the nutrients and then he started quoting recent articles in medical journals and…Yes, that run on sentence is representative of his rant. I started laughing and assured him that he didn’t have to convince me…I was already a believer. His next question was, “how do I buy this?”

So, is Shakeology safe for diabetics? Again, I have to tell you to check with your doctor but if you like, I’d be happy to provide you with a letter that you can take to him or her. Just connect with me on Facebook or use the contact me option!

Thanks for letting me share my story. Now, watch the video above and check out the actual facts for yourself!

Nutrition Simplified! Shakeology® is certified low glycemic

Why its 24 GI rating matters to you

The results are in. Shakeology® is now certified low glycemic. It’s another stamp of approval that Shakeology is good for you. But that’s not all. Shakeology came in at just 24 on the glycemic index (GI). A number that’s very low and something to be excited about.

What’s the glycemic index?

Simply put, the glycemic index is a way to measure how carbohydrates react in your blood. When you eat carbs, your blood sugar level rises anywhere from a little to a lot. The GI uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher numbers given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar.

High blood sugar drives your body to produce more insulin.

High-GI foods cause the body to produce higher levels of insulin but sometimes too much. This gives you an energy burst, known as a “sugar rush.” It feels good at first, but then your blood sugar drops rapidly to lower than normal levels, known as a “crash.” Eating low-GI foods is a smart way to avoid the “sugar rush and sugar crash” cycle. And they’re good for you because they stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels.

Here’s why:

Foods with a high-GI (above 70) include white bread, pretzels, French fries, and most processed foods. Eating these foods
triggers a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, which:

  1. Encourages your body to store fat
  2. Creates a cycle of hunger pangs and feeling unsatisfied
  3. Causes an energy crash that leaves you irritated and tired
  4. Can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention, and diabetes

Foods with a low-GI (under 55) include spinach, oatmeal, peanuts, and Shakeology. Consuming these foods helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels, which:

  1. Increases levels of glycogen, a hormone that causes body fat to be burned
  2. Gives you a feeling of satisfied hunger
  3. Helps balance moods
  4. Reduces the risk of heart disease, helps control diabetes, and positively affects the aging process

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Believe it or not, Shakeology’s GI rating of 24 is much lower than most fruits, some vegetables, and pretty much every processed food ever made. It keeps your sugar levels in check while supplying nutrition that satisfies, energizes, and helps promote good health.

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3 Responses to “Is Shakeology Safe for Diabetics?”

  1. Susie

    30. May, 2012

    This is great information and I really like your website too. Wishing you all the best. Susie

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  2. Kathryn Wong

    30. May, 2012

    I’m going to share this article with my aunt!

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  3. Daine Erickson

    31. May, 2012

    Great article we need to stop the trend that is killing America.

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