GOOD NUTRITION HELPS SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE HEALTH (1)
The immune system is the body’s defence against infections. When it’s working well, the immune system can help protect against illnesses and infections.1
There are several key factors that help keep your immune system healthy and strong. The best thing to do is make healthy lifestyle choices, such as:2,3
• Getting enough sleep
• Eating a wide range of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
• Drinking enough water
• Maintaining good hygiene
• Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, mindfulness, or connecting with family and friends
HOW GLUCERNA CAN HELP?Glucerna is a scientifically formulated, oral nutrition supplement, for adults with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.*4 Backed by 30 years of scientific evidence from more than 50 clinical studies with over 4,000 individuals.5
*Formulated for people with prediabetes and diabetes, as part of a diabetes management plan including diet and exercise.4
Glucerna contains a slow-release, low-GI carbohydrate blend, to help you manage your blood glucose levels.4 Its new formulation also includes:
• New advanced slow-release, low-GI carbohydrate blend to help manage blood glucose levels4
• Enhanced levels of vitamins and minerals for complete, balanced nutrition†4
• Unique fat blend to support a healthy heart6
• 4x more myo-inositol†, which has been shown to support insulin sensitivity4,7-9
†Compared to Glucerna S434 per serving.
KEY NUTRIENTS TO HELP SUPPORT HEALTHY IMMUNITY
PROTEIN is important for the structure and function of your cells. Protein is important for your brain, your immune system and for gut mucosal function. Great sources of protein include eggs, milk, fish, lean meats, chicken, vegetables, soy products, nuts and seeds.11
VITAMIN A maintains normal reproduction, vision and immune function to fight infections.11 Vitamin A sources include leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, as well as soy products, nuts and seeds.12
VITAMIN D is a vital for maintaining the immune system and helps with the absorption of calcium. Some food sources of Vitamin D include fortified foods (milk, yoghurts and cheese), fatty fish (salmon, herring and mackerel) and eggs.11
VITAMIN C supports skeletal and vascular system, and can help the immune system.11,13 Food sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and sprouts.11
VITAMIN E protects immune cells due to its role as an antioxidant.13 Sources of vitamin E include vegetables, the fats of meat, poultry and fish.11
ZINC supports the structure of protein in your cells – this means it helps support the function of your immune system. Zinc is found in a wide range of foods including meats, fish and poultry, as well as cereals and dairy foods.11
Looking after your immune system
When you are unwell, your body will increase the production of stress hormones, which can raise your blood glucose levels.10 Some studies have also shown that spikes in your blood glucose levels can impact your immune system.11
There are a few tips that you can take on board, to help with your diabetes management plan. These include:10
- Testing your blood glucose levels regularly to make sure that you remain within your target range
- Eating foods that you can tolerate; this may include having small low-fat snacks regularly and consuming nutritious foods with the vitamins and minerals you need
- Drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration
- Seeking medical advice if you have symptoms such as breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Talk to your doctor about what you can do for your diabetes when you are unwell.
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3. Harvard Health Publishing. How to boost your immune system. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.
4. Glucerna Product Label.
5. Abbott. Data on File.
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11. National Health and Medical Research Council, and Ministry of Health. Nutrient Reference Values. Available at: https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/.
12. Health Direct. Vitamin A. Available at: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-a.
13. Walsh NP. Sports Med 2019; 49(Suppl 2): S153-S168.