If you are diabetic or in the verge of having one, your horrors of getting any complication arising from diabetes is one of your concerns. One quick way to get out of the worries, is learning on how you PROPERLY manage diabetes or diabetes management.
Good thing of the technology now provided by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, there are mobile application to suite almost any our needs. One of the latest, by Abbott, a global healthcare company, is a mobile application in helping manage diabetes (and even going towards diabetes), custom-made specifically for Filipinos, called Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge.
“Proper diabetes management can be overwhelming for people with diabetes, but is essential for them to maintain a healthy and active life,” said Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano, Medical Director, Abbott Nutrition. “That’s why we developed the Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge to provide people with diabetes an easy-to-use resource that helps them take charge of managing their condition and feel confident they can lead a healthier lifestyle.”
Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge is a unique 12-week program that provides online mobile resources for people with diabetes to help plan daily essentials like:
- healthy meal
- exercise / workout
- specialized nutrition like Glucerna Triple Care.
The Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge, though named after one of Abbott’s food replacement brand, Glucerna, is more than an app for diabetes.
Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge App
I downloaded the Glucerna 1-2-3 to try it out. And it appears that Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge app is more than just a marketing stunt of one of Abott’s food replacement brand, Glucerna SR. Plus, it more than just an app for diabetes. By the looks of it, Glucerna 1-2-3 is for every Filipino who wants to have a healthier lifestyle.
It helps people to develop a daily habit of preparing good food, proper exercise, and if food is not present, a good food replacement that is sure to fuel your activities in a healthy way.
Here are some of the screenshots of each section in the Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge app.
It has food selections, suggested exercise routines (with videos), calculator (BMI or body mass index) and calorie counter.
What’s even great about this app, is that it is FREE. Yes, FREE. Just register your name, email address, mobile number and passport, and you’re good to go, whether your running an Apple or Android mobile device.
Plus, you earn points and rewards by completing the program and buying Glucerna Triple Care.
One example is that you can get a glucometer (good especially for people with diabetes), after earning 1,800 points.
Some of the good features of the Glucerna 1-23 Challenge app is that it is those health and fitness paid apps online. And another plus factor of this app is that is customized for Filipinos. Compared to other apps where the food selection and ingredients are very foreign to us, if not expensive, this one has dishes that are very Pinoy. So anyone can have access to the dish selection. Cool!
I just hope that the app can be updated with more food choices and that it can be used even if offline or not connected to the internet.
Aside from those things, this app is great for every Filipino conscious of their health condition, whether diabetic or non-diabetic.
The only difference between diabetic people and non-diabetic people is the tolerance of the body condition to sugar. Having normal blood sugar does not mean “freedom” to eat, even unhealthy food or freedom to just slack around.
Because sooner or later, if you tend to “abuse” your body by eating junk and not exercising, you are one of the best candidates towards diabetes, worst, even other dreaded diseases.
Go Sweat it Out
As to sports and fitness specialist Jim Saret, exercising keeps our body using substances. The body needs to burn fats, glucose and other substances to keep an active lifestyle. If you happen to be sedentary or not having any regular exercises, chances are, your body stores the excess substances found in the food you eat, that later on, turns to increase your body mass and weight.
According to Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., medical director of Abbott Nutrition Philippines, statistics say that one out of 10 Filipinos are diabetic or in a condition to having one. The culprit he said is the changing lifestyle of Filipinos.
More Filipinos nowadays are not exercising regularly and are more likely to eat fast foods and processed foods.
Manage the Way You Eat
Nadine Tengco, a US certified fitness nutritionist chef, said that the best way to know that you’re eating healthy food is to prepare it yourself. She clarified that healthy food, doesn’t mean having expensive food on your plate.
Nadine Tengco noted that Filipinos are fortunate being an agricultural country and that we have access to a lot of the healthy ingredients around us like vegetables, fruits and fishes.
She stressed on three RIGHT things that you need to do to achieve a healthy, “un-deprived” eating lifestyle. The THREE RIGHT THINGS are:
- right quality
- right frequency
- right quantity
Nadine Tengco recommended to eat the right quality of food, in the right time (every 3 to 4 hours) in the right quantity.
If chances that you do not have time to prepare your own food, or do not have access to a healthy meal, a food replacement is recommended. She advised to prepare Glucerna SR Triple Care to replace a meal.
She explained that a food replacement can be done rightly, just for your body not to feel lacking from the right nutrients and be exhausted. Skipping meals is NOT the best way to diet and the best way to be healthy she said.
Glucerna Triple Care is an adult nutritional drink produced by Abbott, that delivers three (3) clinically proven results:
- manages blood sugar response
- supports healthier heart
- helps reduce weight and waistline
So, what do you do about your health and lifestyle now?
To get a FREE assessment, there will be Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge booths in participating malls and venues. To know more about the Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge Mobile App, special events, or proper nutrition about diabetes, you can check their website at www.glucerna123challenge.com.ph, or you may call (02) 995-1555 or 1-800-10-995-1555.
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