I have diabetes, can I go on the OPTAVIA Program?

OPTAVIA offers meal plans that are appropriate for people with diabetes. Meal planning for people with diabetes is geared toward limiting calories while maintaining consistent, healthy blood sugar levels.

The OPTAVIA Program is a good fit because it incorporates small meals every two to three hours, so carbohydrates and protein are spaced throughout the day. And all of our Fuelings are carbohydrate-controlled and generally lower in fat, making them a healthy choice for people living with diabetes.

The  OPTAVIA Diabetes Guide outlines all of our options for people with diabetes. We recommend that you consult your healthcare provider prior to starting any weight loss program. When following a weight-loss program, talk with your healthcare provider about any medications, especially Coumadin® (warfarin), lithium, diabetes medication or medications for high blood pressure.

For people with diabetes, it is especially important that your blood sugar levels be monitored carefully throughout the weight-loss process, as your medications may need to be adjusted — sometimes even before you begin.