By Edwin D. Arceo

A great challenge for diabetics is what food to eat. People with this affliction need to limit sweet and carbohydrate intake, which is contained in almost everything we eat in the Philippines. There seems to be no escape as rice is the staple of Filipino meals and we even make our food sweet.

One advice to diabetics is to eat small meals but more frequent. This tends people to turn to biscuits and bread, which, you guessed it, is rich in carbohydrates (in small portion, of course). Why the emphasis on carbo? Because our bodies breaksdown all carbohydrates into glucose, that’s why. There are sugar-free alternatives but if you will look closely at the ingredients, aren’t really free of the sweetness
gary-v-diabetamil-bikeBut there is hope.

Recently, I got invited to attend the media launch of Diabetamil, a line of cereal and non-cereal supplements geared for diabetics. The press kit says Diabetamil, “contain vitamins, minerals and protein specially formulated for people with diabetes. It is enriched with Chromium Picolinate and Dietary Fiber, is high in Calcium and has a Low Glycemic (GI) Value.”

One of the highlights of the program was the presentation of Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano, as the brand ambassador of the brand. Hey, if Gary’s in, then I’m in!

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk to Gary about my wife and how I could motivate her to be more conscious of her blood sugar levels and what to do about it. At one point, he told me that he was motivated to measure his blood sugar and inject insulin on his own by his nurse when he was a teenager. The nurse told her that he needs to be able do it, even though he was very scared because his life would depend on it. Without the encouragement of this nurse Gary may have not been successful with his life today.

Now back to Diabetamil. The organizers of the launch gave us samples and I had my wife try it and let me know what she thinks about. I need to know from her if it works for if I was going to recommend it to you.

The good news is that she likes the Diabetamil cookies! She eats them in the middle of the night when she gets hungry. It has a low glucose index which is perfect for a midnight snack. She is not too crazy about the cereal, which does not mean that the product is bad—she’s just not into cereals. She has not tried the drink yet but will update this blog post when she does. 😎

You may be asking about the price. To be transparent, its not that cheap. But then, cheap would be expensive to some and expensive stuff would be cheap to others. Its all relative. If you do not have disposable income, it would come out as expensive.

What the Diabetamil line does provide are options. Its all about balance and moderation—and keeping a diabetic’s blood sugar in line. If you consume a box of Diabetamil cookies (they’re packaged in separate packs inside the box, BTW) in one day then that would be considered excessive by any standard. But if you eat one or two at midnight then Diabetamil is a reasonable expense.

DiabetaMil has a lineup of cereal (Vanilla and Chocolate flavors) & non-cereal drinks (Moccachinno flavor) and cookies (Nutty Chocolate and Vanilla Dried Fruit flavors) that allows one a healthy and nutritious meal without sacrificing its taste. Just like Gary, DiabetaMil believes that there are DiabetaMillion ways to enjoy life. So don’t let diabetes stop you from enjoying life!

DiabetaMil is available in all leading supermarkets, groceries and drugstores.

BTW, Gary’s son, Paolo, created the commercial which you can see below!