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Can I follow Nutrisystem if I have Diabetes?

We recommend that you consult your physician before starting any weight loss or exercise program, especially if you are taking any diabetes medications, as your dosages may need to be adjusted as early as your first day on the program. The Information for Your Doctor resource can be shared with your healthcare provider to give an overview of all Nutrisystem plans.

Click here to download and print the Nutrisystem Information for Your Doctor resource >

Losing weight helps you to lower your blood sugar so you can manage your Type 2 diabetes. Nutrisystem is designed to be a nutritionally balanced, lower-glycemic weight loss plan. Our plans align with national dietary guidelines that encourage a healthy eating pattern; one that limits added sugars, saturated fat and sodium, while including adequate fiber from slow digesting “smart” carbs, healthy fats and protein to help you feel fuller and more satisfied.

The Nutrisystem weight loss program also integrates the science of the Glycemic Index, which measures the quality of carbohydrates and how they impact your blood sugar levels. If you’re looking to lose weight, you should minimize high glycemic carbs and instead, seek to incorporate more lower glycemic options into your diet to help keep your blood sugar levels stable and your appetite in check. With the recommended combination of low to medium glycemic grocery items and the high protein, high fiber Nutrisystem® meal plan, we do the work for you.

Please note that Nutrisystem is not a cure, prevention or treatment for diabetes, and is not a substitute for diabetes medications. Nutrisystem is not a meal replacement plan; it is a comprehensive weight loss plan that consists of pre-packaged, portion-controlled entrees delivered to your door; you add a selection of fresh grocery items in order to round out satisfying, nutritionally complete meals.