Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy Glucerna?
You can buy Glucerna at most pharmacies. You do not need a script – you can buy it over the counter from your pharmacist or healthcare professional. If your local pharmacy does not stock Glucerna, please call our Customer Service line on 1800 225 311 for details of your nearest stockist.
How do I prepare a Glucerna health shake?
Making a Glucerna health shake is quick and easy! To prepare a single serving of Glucerna (237mL):
1. Put 200mL of cold water into a glass.
2. Gradually add 5 pressed scoops (enclosed in tin) or 52.1g of Glucerna powder into the water, while stirring.
3. Mix until completely dissolved.
How should I use Glucerna?
Glucerna health shakes can be used in place of a skipped meal, or to replace an unhealthy food option. For example:
- Instead of skipping breakfast, grab a Glucerna shake on your way out the door.
- Swap that daily muffin you buy on the way to work with a Glucerna treat for morning tea – check out some of our delicious recipes.
- For lunch, you might have a salad plus a Glucerna health shake.
- Have a Glucerna shake for an afternoon tea snack.
- For dinner, try one of our simple, healthy and delicious recipes using Glucerna.
For people with diabetes who need extra calories and protein (such as those with, or at risk of, malnutrition), Glucerna shakes can be used to supplement their diet with additional nutrition to help meet nutrient requirements.
Your dietitian can help you determine how to best incorporate Glucerna into your diabetes meal plan.
Why is Glucerna a good snack replacement?
Glucerna contains slow-release (low glycaemic) carbohydrates, together with other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, making it a great snack option for people trying to manage their blood glucose.1,2 It is also quick to prepare and so has the added benefit of convenience.
What is the glycaemic index of Glucerna?
Glucerna has a low glycaemic index (GI); the powder (mixed with water) has a GI of 41, and the 200mL ready-to-drink Glucerna has a GI of 19.1
What are low-glycaemic carbohydrates?
Low-glycaemic carbohydrates – those with a low glycaemic index – are processed more slowly by our digestive system, and so cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose. 5
Glucerna contains a blend of carbohydrates that are low glycaemic, including modified maltodextrin (which is more resistant to being broken down to glucose), fructose, maltitol, soy fibre and fructo-oligosaccaharides (FOS fibre).1,2
Together, this combination of carbohydrates produces a lower blood glucose response compared with that of higher-glycaemic carbohydrates.2 Refer to the Glucerna product label for specific ingredient information.
Will Glucerna help me manage my weight?
Studies show that a convenient, reduced energy, vitamin and mineral supplemental source of nutrition, such as Glucerna, can assist in managing your weight, when used as part of a diabetes management plan.2,3,4,5
Your dietitian can help you determine a diet plan that can help you safely and effectively manage your weight.
Have any scientific studies been done to support Glucerna’s claims?
Yes. Glucerna has been studied for almost 30 years in 38 clinical studies in 15 countries, with more than 3,300 individuals taking part.
Will I be hungry again soon after drinking a Glucerna health shake?
Glucerna has a low glycaemic index (GI); the powder (mixed with water) has a GI of 41, and the 200mL ready-to-drink Glucerna has a GI of 19.1 This is because the carbohydrates in Glucerna are digested more slowly than common carbohydrate foods, keeping you feeling fuller, longer.2
Is Glucerna a good choice for low blood glucose (hypoglycaemia)?
For people with diabetes, Glucerna products should not be used to treat hypoglycaemia, insulin shock, or insulin reaction. The carbohydrates in Glucerna are not absorbed quickly enough to restore blood glucose to a normal level fast enough. Talk to your healthcare professional about appropriate treatment options for low blood glucose episodes.
Can Glucerna be used by people without diabetes?
It is safe for someone without diabetes to consume Glucerna. However, Abbott Nutrition has many other options, such as Ensure®, for people without diabetes to integrate into their meal plans.
Glucerna health shakes are specially designed for people with diabetes. Glucerna products are intended to be used under medical supervision to support the dietary management of diabetes.
Are Glucerna products appropriate for people with type 1 diabetes?
Glucerna products are appropriate for people with type 1 diabetes. However, it is important to monitor your blood glucose regularly to see how Glucerna affects it, as well as your insulin needs.
As always, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.
Can Glucerna products be used during pregnancy for women with gestational diabetes?
Nursing and pregnant women should consult their healthcare professionals to see how Glucerna would best fit into their lifestyle.
In particular, be aware of the vitamin and mineral content of Glucerna when used together with other supplements (maternal vitamins and minerals) and with daily food intake, as it may exceed the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for some of the vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, folic acid and iron.
Consult your healthcare professional before starting Glucerna.
- Abbott Nutrition. Data on file.
- Devitt A et al. J Diabetes Res Clin Metab 2012; 1(20):2.
- Heymsfield SB et al. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord2003; 27(5):537-49.
- Tatti P., di Mauro P., Neri M., et al. Mediterr J Nutr Metab2010; 3:65-69.
- Look AHEAD Research Group. Arch Intern Med 2010; 170(17):1566-1575.
- Glycaemic Index Foundation. About Glycaemic Index. Available at: https://www.gisymbol.com/about-glycemic-index. Accessed 7 November 2018.