I’m a diabetic. Is it safe for me to do the Lean for Life® program?

First, some definitions from the American Diabetes Association website are in order to better understand Diabetes and what Diabetes is.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There are two major types of diabetes:

Type 1 – A disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of diabetes.

Type 2 – (formerly called adult onset diabetes) A metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s inability to make enough, or properly use, insulin. It is the most common form of the disease. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is nearing epidemic proportions, due to an increased number of older Americans, and a greater prevalence of obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

People with Type 2 diabetes have safely followed the Lindora clinic program for years. We recommend close monitoring because weight loss on the program is usually rapid and can effect blood sugar levels.

The diabetic’s blood glucose level stabilizes very quickly on the program. If they are taking oral hypoglycemic medication, and depending on the type of medication they are taking, the dose often must be adjusted down or discontinued by the physician within the first weeks of the program.

The Lean for Life® program is not recommended for people with Type 1 diabetes due to the high degree of monitoring required in relation to the insulin. It is extremely difficult to control the weight of a person who is insulin dependent, but it is possible. We suggest working closely with your doctor and a registered dietitian.