Blood Sugar Support

  • Boost Glucose Control Oral Supplement Nestle Healthcare Nutrition 43900116426

    Boost

    Boost Glucose Control Balanced Nutritional Drink 8 oz Carton

    Meet your body's regular nutrition needs and manage diabetes at the same time with Boost® Glucose Control® by Nestle. An 8-ounce carton of Nestle Boost Glucose Control drink counts as one carb choice. It has 4 grams of sugar, keeping intake and glucose...

    $44.99
  • Boost Glucose Control Oral Supplement Nestle Healthcare Nutrition

    Boost

    Boost Glucose Control Nutritional Drink 12-Pack

    Boost Glucose Control drink is a balanced nutritional drink specially formulated to provide nutritional support for individuals with diabetes, carbohydrate controlled diets, or general oral supplement needs for people with diabetes. It provides a...

    Starting at $29.99
  • Glucerna Shake Oral Supplement Abbott Nutrition

    Glucerna

    Glucerna Shake Oral Supplement 8 oz Bottle

    For people with diabetes, Glucerna Shake is designed as a meal or snack replacement to help minimize blood sugar spikes compared to high-glycemic carbohydrates. For oral use. For supplemental nutrition. Use under medical supervision as part of a diabetes...

    Starting at $14.99
  • Glucerna 1.0 Cal Oral Supplement Abbott Nutrition 64913

    Glucerna

    Glucerna 1.0 Cal Vanilla Oral Supplement 8 oz Carton

    Package Count: 24. Glucerna® Specialized Nutrition is a reduced-carbohydrate formula designed for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and individuals with hyperglycemia. With 34.3% of its calories derived from carbohydrates, the formula minimizes...

    $61.49
  • Glucerna Shake Oral Supplement Abbott Nutrition

    Glucerna

    Glucerna Shake Oral Supplement 8 oz Carton

    Glucerna Shake is designed as a meal or snack replacement to help minimize blood sugar spikes compared to high-glycemic carbohydrates. For oral use. For supplemental nutrition. Use under medical supervision as part of a diabetes management plan...

    Starting at $48.49
  • Nepro with Carbsteady Oral Supplement Abbott Nutrition

    Nepro

    Nepro with Carbsteady Therapeutic Nutrition 8 oz Carton

    Nepro with CarbSteady is therapeutic nutrition specifically designed to help meet the nutritional needs of patients on dialysis (Stage 5 chronic kidney disease). For tube or oral feeding. For supplemental or sole-source nutrition. Use under medical...

    Starting at $82.49
  • Gelatein 20 Oral Protein Supplement Medtrition/National Nutrition

    Gelatein 20

    Gelatein 20 Protein Supplement 4 oz Cup

    A high protein fortified gelatin for increased protein needs or dysphagia.Sugar free Low electrolyte Ready to serve high protein, sugar free gelatin dessert 20 grams of protein per serving Low volume Shelf stable Serve chilled Perfect for renal and...

    $77.99

Diabetic Supplements

Blood glucose control supplements are not the same as diabetes medication. Blood sugar support covers a range of products, from dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals to diabetic nutrition such as meal-replacement shakes and snack bars.

Supplements for diabetics, and diabetic nutritional supplies, should be part of a comprehensive diabetes management plan under the supervision of your doctor and other members of your diabetes care team.

Nutritional Shakes and Snack Bars for Blood Sugar Support

Nutritional shakes and snack bars can replace all or part of a meal or snack. They’re formulated to provide the optimal protein, fat, and carbohydrates balance for those with diabetes. When used correctly, they can reduce the likelihood of post-meal spikes in blood glucose. They may also be helpful as a part of a weight-loss or weight control program, which is often part of diabetes treatment.

Carbohydrates have the largest effect on blood sugar, so nutritional shakes and bars intended for people with diabetes rely on carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. These “slow-release” carbohydrates take more time for your body to digest and convert to glucose. That helps minimize blood sugar spikes. They also contain a variety of important nutrients (specific nutrients vary depending on the brand) to help support glucose control.

The downside to shakes, snack bars, and other nutritional products is that they often contain artificial sweeteners, which may be a problem for some people. Standard meal replacement products — those not specifically designed for people with diabetes — are likely to rely on sugar for their carbohydrate content. So, when choosing the right product for you, look for something intended for people with diabetes.

Supplements for Blood Sugar Support

There are many dietary supplements intended to support healthy blood sugar. These range from single nutrients or herbs such as chromium or cinnamon to proprietary formulations with ingredients that lower or stabilize blood glucose levels. Common ingredients include:

  • Cinnamon or cinnamon extract (botanical)
  • Turmeric or turmeric extract (botanical)
  • Bitter melon (botanical)
  • Fenugreek (botanical)
  • Ginseng (botanical)
  • Milk thistle (botanical) or silymarin, one of its active components
  • Green coffee bean extract (botanical)
  • Magnesium (mineral)
  • Chromium (mineral)
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (antioxidant)
  • Psyllium (source of soluble fiber)
  • Vitamin D
Like all dietary supplements, the FDA regulates these products as food. They are not medicine and do not require a prescription. However, some supplements or individual ingredients can interact with other medications you’re taking.

If a supplement works well for you, you may need to have your medication adjusted. Always let your doctor know before you start a new supplement.

Other Supplements

While high blood sugar levels are the primary concern for diabetes, low blood sugar can also be an issue. Exercise, stress, and medication changes can all contribute to low blood sugar, and many people keep a glucose supplement on hand in case of emergency.