Is Slim Fast OK for a Diabetic?

By Markee Marchini

Different types of diabetes require different dietary constraints. Diabetics must note the carbohydrate content of food while attempting to consume adequate protein, fat and vitamins and minerals. Slim fast is okay for diabetics as long as blood glucose levels can be maintained.


Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin, and therefore is often insulin-dependent. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body produces too little insulin or the cells do not respond to insulin. This type may or may not be dependent on insulin.

Slim Fast Nutrition Facts Insulin

Insulin-dependent diabetes requires careful monitoring of food intake and units of insulin injected. One unit insulin is required for every 15 grams of carbohydrates consumed.

Slim Fast Nutrition

The strawberry flavored Slim Fast Optima contains 245 calories, 12 grams of protein, five grams of fat, and 38 grams of carbohydrates.


The nutrient content states that one can of Slim Fast accounts for 2 1/2 carbohydrates, 1 1/2 protein and 1/2 of a fat exchange.


While Slim Fast is fortified with many vitamins and minerals, it does not contain the same benefits achieved from fruits and vegetables, such as satiety and minimal effects on glycemic index.


If Slim Fast must be consumed consider one can to be equal to 2 1/2 Units of insulin. It will also account for 2 1/2 carbohydrate exchange. For better alternatives to Slim Fast, consider replacing with half a sandwich or beef vegetable soup and salad, which offer many nutrients with fewer carbohydrates.

Related Articles

More Related