GlucoControl

Faulding® GlucoControl™

What is Faulding® GlucoControl™:

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is a food product that has proven medical benefits for people with type 2 diabetes. It is not a ‘medicine’ and does not need to be prescribed by a doctor. It is comprised of food products that work to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition. It is available for purchase directly from Pharmacy, and will be recommended by your health care professional advising you on your diabetes management as part of your overall approach.

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is for special medical purposes and is for use under the supervision of an appropriate health care professional, including your GP, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, specialist or other health professional.

What Faulding® GlucoControl™ is used for

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is a pre-meal drink that is used to assist in the management of type 2 diabetes. Taken 0-30 minutes before a high carbohydrate meal, it significantly reduces the blood glucose spike that meal causes. In the long term, this helps reduce the blood sugar readings (HbA1c).

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is to be used as part of an overall management plan for people with pre-diabetes, early type 2 diabetes or those people with reasonably well controlled type 2 diabetes.

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is not recommended:

  • For people with allergies to milk products or soy products.
  • For people with high measures of blood glucose, or highly fluctuating measures of blood glucose.
  • For people prescribed insulin by their doctor (without their direct advice).
  • As a sole source of nutrition, or as a regular meal replacement product.

How long to take it

Faulding® GlucoControl™ is designed to be used as part of the routine management of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that in long term use the product is both safe and effective.

If you take too much (overdose)

The dosage recommendation is a single sachet consumed as a pre-meal drink before meals. As a food product, there is no potential for overdose – however the high levels of soluble fibre may lead to diarrhea if consumed in large amounts.

Taking other medicines

Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. This will help them decide if using Faulding® GlucoControl™ is appropriate for you.

Faulding® GlucoControl™ has been shown to be effective when used in conjunction with medicines designed to treat type 2 diabetes. As a food product, there is little chance of interaction. However, it is important to take oral medicines 15 minutes before the pre-meal drink so the absorption of the drug is not changed.

Storage

  • Keep Faulding® GlucoControl™ below 30°C. Individual sachets should only be opened directly before use as part of preparing the pre-meal drink. Do not use if sachet is torn or damaged.
  • Take note of the ‘best before’ date on the box or the sachet before consuming.

Ingredients

Each Sachet contains:

  • Whey protein (and other dairy proteins)
  • Guar (Soluble Fibre)
  • Flavouring and sweeteners (sucralose)
  • Anti-caking and emulsifying agents.

 


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How to Use

How to take Faulding® GlucoControl™.

Any time in the window 0-30 minutes before a meal, Faulding® GlucoControl™ can be consumed to deliver the benefit on the blood glucose spike from that meal. The pre-meal drink should be prepared and consumed according to the following instructions:

How to take prepare and consume Faulding® GlucoControl™

  • Pour 150 ml of water into a shaker.
  • Tear open a Faulding® GlucoControl™ sachet and add all the contents of the sachet to the water.
  • Put on the lid, and shake 5-10 times to fully mix the drink.
  • Consume immediately, drinking the full volume of prepared drink.

What is it like?

Faulding® GlucoControl™ has a pleasant vanilla or chocolate flavor, and if consumed immediately has the consistency of a milkshake. The pre-meal drink will thicken if left sitting for any time and become more difficult to consume, so it is always recommended to prepare and drink immediately.

People consuming Faulding® GlucoControl™ notice a sense of fullness, that may allow them to choose to eat less at their meal.

How often do I take it?

The pre-meal drink will become part of your routine management of your type 2 diabetes, and your health care professional may recommend an appropriate dosage regime for you depending upon your circumstances. However, there are three most common dosing strategies:

  • 2 sachets per day: One at breakfast, and one at dinner. This was the dosage strategy that delivered the great results on blood glucose levels in the long term study.
  • Breakfast plus: One before breakfast, and one with meals that may be higher in GI than if you stuck to a strict food plan (like eating out, eating socially, trying new foods, etc).
  • Occasional use: Keep it on hand for when you are eating out, travelling, trying new foods and counting the carbs and GI load of the food you will eat is just too complex.

 


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Case Studies

As a potential consumer of the pre-meal drink, you may have a lot of questions about what it is really like to take the product, what does it offer, and how does it fit in with your life?

To help answer these questions, let us introduce you to Jim.  Jim lives in Queensland, and is a real consumer of Faulding® GlucoControl™ (as the Product is known in Australia).  In a series of short videos, Jim shares his experiences so you can get a real feeling about what it would be like for you.

Jim's experience With Diabetes

Jim's new found energy

Jim's Plan For The Future

Jim's Struggle with Food

Jim's Experience with Faulding® GlucoControl™

 


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FAQ's

Below are some frequently asked questions about GlucoControl, the pre-meal drink for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Sold as either Faulding® GlucoControl™ or Glucosmooth, the pre-meal drink for type 2 diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes better manage their condition.

It is a food product – so no prescription is necessary.  However, it has been proven in clinical trials to offer significant advantages in controlling blood glucose levels.

The  pre-meal drink works to reduce the big ‘spikes’ in blood sugar that happen after people with type 2 diabetes eat a meal – particularly a high GI or High carbohydrate meal. Importantly, diabetes is seen as a silent and creeping disease and it is all these spikes that add up over time to cause all of the bad outcomes – like blindness, vascular damage, nerve pain, amputations and even erectile dysfunction.  By reducing the ‘spike’ associated with meals (by over one third), the pre-meal drink has been shown to have a significant positive impact on the underlying measures of blood glucose.  This is important, because it is the only non-pharmaceutical product to offer this benefit.

Everyone is different – but in the clinical trials a broad range of people were shown to gain real benefit from using the pre-meal drink. The product has been independently tested at several top Australian universities by some of Australia’s most respected nutritional experts.  Their results have been independently reviewed and published.

The pre-meal drink has also been designated a ‘food for special medical purpose’, based upon the quality of the evidence to support its actions. This means that it provides significant medical type benefit as a nutritional product.  This is not a supplement, but an important advance in medical nutrition for people with type 2 diabetes.

The  primary ingredients of the pre-meal drink are dairy proteins (mainly whey proteins), and a soluble fibre known as guar.  These are the key components that provide the clinical action.

Each sachet also contains flavouring agents, and a small amount of sweetener known as sucralose.  This offers a pleasant taste.  Other agents to help keep the contents of each sachet a fine powder are also added.

The contents are therefore all food based, and are prepared and packaged under the highest food-grade standards.  The product does not need a prescription.

The combination of the key ingredients provides a special layer on the inside of the stomach.  Known as a ‘shear banding layer’, this coating slows the emptying of the stomach, as well as absorption.  At the same time, some of the proteins in the mix trigger other processes and release of small amounts of insulin and other hormones, which prepare the system for the blood sugar rise that is about to happen.

Together, this makes people feel fuller, and ensures that the blood sugar spike is blunted (by more than a third) following a high carbohydrate meal.  Reducing these spikes over time positively impacts underlying blood glucose measures.

Each sachet contains all the ingredients for the pre-meal drink in a fine powder. Start by pouring 150ml of water into a shaker. Tear open the packet, and put all the contents of the sachet into the water. Shake about 6 times, and drink immediately.

As soon as it is prepared, it has the consistency of a milkshake, and is pleasant and easy to drink. Letting it sit for any length of time ensures that the soluble fibre of the product begins to thicken the drink.  In only a few minutes it can be as thick as a custard (and this is really important to how in works in your stomach – so drink it immediately so it can get to work there!)

With only 150 ml, the volume is low and easy for most people to drink in one go.

The pre-meal drink can be taken anywhere from 30 minutes before a meal, right up to immediately before you eat to get the benefits. This makes it flexible and practical for every day use, both at home and when dining out.

If you are unsure if the pre-meal drink is right for you, you can discuss it as part of your overall management of diabetes with your health care professional – your GP, your dietitian, your nurse educator or your pharmacist – who can all give you advice that is specific for you.

Feedback has identified several groups of people that are getting great benefit from the product:

  • People who have high blood sugar but do not yet have diabetes.
  • People with diabetes that is reasonably well controlled, but don’t want to progress to medicines like metformin.
  • People who are already on medicines like metformin, but who want to avoid progressing to higher doses or different combinations of drugs.
  • People who are looking for a more natural alternative

The people who seem to benefit most are those who are engaged in wanting to manage their diabetes better – perhaps lifestyle, culture, travel, family  and a desire for variety in their eating sometimes gets in the way.  The pre-meal drink really helps blunt the spikes from meals where it is simply too hard to do all of the ‘GI mathematics’.

If you are allergic to dairy proteins or soy, you are best to avoid the pre-meal drink.

Whilst it can offer advantages, people who are taking insulin as part of their diabetes management regime (including people with type 1 diabetes) should avoid the pre-meal drink.  It would be really important to talk to your doctor if you wanted to use it, because adding the pre-meal drink into the complex calculations of what to eat and how much (and what type of ) insulin you are taking may impact your dosages, timing, etc.

The product is expected to be Gluten free, and capable of Halal certification, although official certifications have not been sought.

There have been no studies done in pregnant women, however as a food product based on whey protein and soluble fibre, there is no reason why pregnant women could not use the product.

There are three different dosing strategies:

  • 2 per day.  For those people who are really engaged with managing their diabetes and want to achieve the positive effects on HbA1c. Taking it twice a day (breakfast and another high carbohydrate meal) will fit into their diabetes management plan.
  • ‘Breakfast Plus’.  It is known that people’s insulin resistance is poorer first thing in the morning.  A great strategy for most people is to get into the habit of having one pre-meal drink with breakfast, then adding another before another meal that may cause blood sugar spikes.  Typically, this would be if you were going out for a meal, someone was cooking for you, you were eating something a bit different to normal, you were travelling, or you were not sure of the carb count.  [For most people, this seems like the most practical strategy to fit in with ‘real world’ living].
  • Occasional use.  For people that have a really great management strategy, then simply having the pre-meal drink available when it is not possible to do the GI mathematics (eating out, special occasions, travelling, etc) can be a valuable addition to their process. 

Yes.  In one of the trials, half the people we on Metformin, the most common first line drug for managing type 2 diabetes, and this group saw the clinical benefits of using the pre-meal drink as well.  If you are on medications, take them 15 minutes before the pre-meal drink (to ensure the drink doesn't impact their absorption), have the pre-meal drink just before the meal.

As it is a food product, there should be no drug interactions for you to worry about.

Then, like a large percentage of the population, you are at significant risk of ending up a diabetic with all of the potential health problems and outcomes.  The pre-meal drink could be a really valuable addition to your program to help shift out of the danger zone.  Early intervention can significantly improve the last 15 years of your life.

The only ‘side effect’ noted by some people was the impact of the fibre on their gut health.  A small percentage of people (less than 5%) in the trials commented on the product causing very loose stools.  As their gut microbiome adjusted to this healthy dose of fibre, these changes settled down.

In Australia, The pre-meal drink is sold as ‘Faulding® GlucoControl™’.  It is available in specialty pharmacies.  Many stock the product on the shelf, if not the pharmacist can order it in for you, probably in 24 hours.

International customers can access the product from local distributors.