Glucerna Review

Editor's Review: 3.3 / 5.0

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Glucerna SR is a diet supplement aimed at diabetes sufferers made by Abbott Labs. Glucerna SR comes in several forms including shakes, powders, bars, and chews. These are sold as meal replacements that manage glucose levels and improve lipid levels.

Glucerna cannot be purchased directly from the manufacturer’s website but appears to be widely available in pharmacies and grocery stores. The website does offer a discount coupon to try the product. There does not appear to be any free samples or trial sizes so that consumers can try out the product first.

The website is informative and easy to navigate. The company provides details of active ingredients in the Glucerna products and references them to clinical studies supporting their effectiveness. They also provide a full description of the purpose of each of the ingredients in the formulation. A full ingredient list is provided for each product along with the Nutrition Facts label. There is also a page for customer testimonials for all of the products.

Ingredients

According to the Glucerna website, some of the common active ingredients in the Glucerna products are: chromium picolinate, omega-3 fatty acids, sucromalt, DAG oil, phytosterols, whole grains, and Vitamins C & E.

Product Features

The main purpose of Glucerna products is to help those with diabetes eat healthy with better management of blood glucose levels than with regular snacks. A side benefit is that many physicians and nutritionists believe that if blood glucose levels are moderated, the body stores less fat. This feature of Glucerna may help in weight management in those with diabetes and even those without.

The ingredients in the Glucerna products are similar to those in many nutritional supplements. The addition of Vitamins C & E provides anti-oxidants which can improve overall health by destroying the free radicals that can cause disease in the body. The whole grains ensure that the products contain fiber and they also regulate blood glucose.

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Advantages

  • Healthy snacks for those with diabetes.
  • Readily available for purchase.
  • Contains some vitamins.

Disadvantages

  • Pre-made food products are more expensive than homemade.
  • Not specifically targeted to weight management in diabetes sufferers.

Conclusion

Glucerna SR products are handy ways for those with diabetes to help manage their condition while providing healthy snack alternatives. Glucerna SR products may also help those trying to lose weight, but as the products are not specifically designed for that purpose, they may contain more than the recommended calories for weight loss. There are many weight loss aids on the market today that contain clinically proven ingredients like green tea extract and Citrimax. If weight loss is your primary goal, you may wish to research these products before trying Glucerna.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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37 User Reviews about Glucerna

  • 1
    Your Name

    Why do I get stomach cramps w/ 1.2?

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  • 2
    Your Name

    Have excessive bad gas when taking this product

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  • 3
    jonstarphoenix

    I am currently substituting one sometimes two meals a day with glucerna/glucerna advance shake and the initial results are immediate control of sugar levels and weight loss.

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  • 4
    Mugilaa

    If glucerna digest slowly does that mean we’re not allowed to eat the whole day ?

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  • 5
    adeline

    why does my sugar level goes up when i dr
    ink glucerna. i take diabetes medicine before i drink glucerna. my sugar level is 140

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    Your Name

    Are you checking your blood sugar levels 2 hours after you first drunk it or once you finish drinking it?! That makes a BIG difference!!! :-)

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  • 6
    Audrey

    Liquid in, liquid out. It may cause cramping. Only way to prevent diarrhea is to take a fiber supplement.

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  • 7
    Lois Carl

    Can Glucerna cause diarrhea? I just started drinking it and have had two cans and now I have diarrhea.

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  • 8
    Sadaf

    Can anyone tell if Glucerna SR is now available with a different name “Glucerna” instead of Glucerna SR?

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  • 9
    Shela

    Too much DINERO per pack.

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  • 10
    Ray Wisniewski

    If this is geared for diabetics, how come sugar is used in the ingredients? Why not include substances such as Splenda or Equal or another sugar substitute?

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    Fix

    Because Splenda, Equal, and other sugar substitutes actually damage the body, such as crystallizing the kidneys. Using sugar substitutes is way to dangerous and most of those products are banned in even 3rd world countrys.

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  • 11
    Sandy

    Although I am overweight, I don’t have an appetite. So I use Glucerna instead of lunch or dinner. I also eat a fiber bar & coffee along with it. I try to keep each meal @ 300 to 350 cal. Seems to be helping keep my blood sugar even. I’ve been using it for 2 to 3 yrs.

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  • 12
    rosalie washington

    does taking glucerma makes you lose weight?

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  • 13
    Joan

    Love the bars but would be happier if they came in boxes of 6 or 8 instead of the 4.
    Any chance of that happening?

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  • 14
    Ed B

    Far too many carbs from sugar to be considered a “good” choice for T2 diabetics who are trying to control their BG levels through diet. I tried their products and had bad results with spikes 2 hours after first bite/drink. If they provide a non-sugared variation I will give it a try. Check the label in the store next time. There are too many carbs and the carbs are from sugar….it’s right on the label.

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  • 15
    GEORGE

    I TESTED SUGAR BEFORE 123 , AFTER ONE BOWEL OF GLUCERNA CRUNCHY FLAKES N ALMONDS 247 ??? DOESNT LOOK GOOD.?

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    Jessica

    Did you take insulin before meal?

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  • 16
    James

    Is it okay to take Glucerna while still taking Prandin?

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  • 17
    lynn

    I need to gain weight so I started using Ensure.But, Ensure has too much sugar so I went to Glucerna. But it is for those who are diabetic. Am I wrong to drink this? I have lost 10 pounds for no reason.

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  • 18
    lisa

    Can a person not a diabetic use glucema?

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  • 19
    HannayMary

    where is this available in chennai

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  • 20
    Linda Lucas

    Should Glucerna be used instead of a regular meal?

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  • 21
    Anonymous

    bld sugr above 100 below 140 /wis glucerma reccommended ??

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  • 22
    Renee

    My Father has a feeding tube and Glucerna 1.5 cal was recommended. He seems to have diarhea after each feeding. Is there a way to prevent/treat this/

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  • 23
    lynn yaroscak

    since ive been using this i have severe diarehha,every ones body is different ive lost sleep from it.the diarehha just pours out of me. since ive drank this product

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  • 24
    Theresa Barron

    how many cans a day can you drink of Glucerna

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    Diane

    Can glucerna caus insomnia?

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  • 25
    STEVE

    can glucerna be used by type I diabetics or is it prefererd for type II

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    Anonymous

    Can a person not a diabetic use glucema

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  • 26
    Margaret

    My husband has been taking Glucerna one week and is experiencing diarrhea could Glucerna be contributing to the diarrhea?

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    Denise Harry

    I’m on my fourth Glucerna can and have not experienced any stomach discomfort or diarrhoea. The only time I had those symptoms was on those weeks I started adjusting my metformin xr from 1g to 1.5g per day.

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    marie cole

    Can glucerna cause diarrhoera in 85 year old lady

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  • 27
    sylvia

    does glucerna choclate or vanilla shakes cause diarrhea?

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    ginny

    can glucerna cause severe cramping?

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  • 28
    Angel

    Are there any substitutes or alternatives to glucerna?

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  • 29
    Elizabeth Arrogancia

    Please, I want to know how many calories are there in 1 scoop of glucerna SR. thank you

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