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With the snowballing pervasiveness of diabetes in the U.S., there is a clear need for effective diets that assist diabetic patients in managing their blood sugar levels though eating specific foods and maintaining portion control. Physicians and healthcare providers from a range of fields (e.g., nursing, dietetics, and health psychology) are confronted with the challenge of helping their patients achieve and preserve their blood glucose levels.

However, providers often lack the necessary time, training, resources, and reimbursement for delivering this value to their patients. Our goal is to introduce healthcare providers to EasyLife Meals® and its blood sugar level management programs.

How can my patients benefit from the EasyLife Meal program?

Simply, watch their numbers improve!

The foundation of all EasyLife Meals® programs is the delivery of healthy portion-controlled foods. Structuring a low-calorie diet in this way has been found to facilitate adherence and enhance blood sugar level maintenance and reduction in comparison to simple instruction or advice to reduce calorie intake and control certain food groups. The resulting meal plans are hypo-caloric, below the normal levels of the glycemic index, and strictly adhere and surpass the guidelines set forth by the American Diabetes Association.

What is EasyLife Meals® doing to meet the aggressive new guidelines for sodium restriction?

EasyLife Meals® provide approximately 700mg/day* of sodium. This is a dramatic improvement over the 3400 mg/day that the average American consumes and is consistent with the target of less than 2300 mg/day in the general adult population, as recommended in the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans — 2010**.

We note that the new Guidelines recommend that persons in certain subgroups (i.e., diabetics) should further restrict sodium intake to less than 1500 mg/day. This target is also recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the American Heart Association.

Customers who seek this level of sodium restriction can achieve it by enjoying EasyLife Meals® worry-free!

What does EasyLife Meals® have to say about incorporating exercise as part of leading a healthier lifestyle?

The importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle modification program is undeniable. EasyLife Meals® suggests that customers incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily lives. Normally, insulin is released from the pancreas when the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood increases, such as after eating. Insulin stimulates the liver and muscles to take in excess glucose. This results in a lowering of the blood sugar level.

When exercising, the body needs extra energy or fuel (in the form of glucose) for the exercising muscles. For short bursts of exercise, such as a quick sprint to catch the bus, the muscles and the liver can release stores of glucose for fuel. With continued moderate exercising, however, your muscles take up glucose at almost 20 times the normal rate. This helps lowers blood sugar levels. At the same time insulin levels may drop in anyone not taking insulin so the risks of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is minimized.

* If the customer enjoys 2 meals a day.
** http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/DietaryGuidelines/2010/PolicyDoc/PolicyDoc.pdf