Lucozade is changing its formula and Irish people with diabetes have been warned that they need to take care
THE Lucozade formula is changing soon and Irish people diabetes have been warned.
Many Irish people have been recommended to drink Lucozade Energy Original when their blood glucose is low.
But they need to be aware that the formulation of the drink is changing from April 2017 and it won’t be advertised on the bottle.
Lucozade Energy Original will now contain around 50 per cent less glucose-based carbohydrates so the amount needed to treat low blood sugar, or hypoglycaemia, will change.
Hypoglycaemia, often referred to as a ‘hypo’, can be a side-effect of insulin and taking some diabetes medications.
The total number of people living with diabetes in Ireland is estimated to be 225,840.
People with Type 1 diabetes account for approximately 14,000 – 16,000 of the total diabetes population in Ireland i.e. 10-15% of the population of people living with diabetes
A Diabetes Ireland spokesperson said: “A blood glucose level below 4mmol/L is considered hypoglycaemia and if you have frequent low blood glucose levels, you should talk to your doctor as your medication may need to be reduced.
“If you are concerned about whether this affects you, check with your pharmacist or doctor/diabetes team to see if any of your diabetes medications puts you at risk of a low blood glucose.”
The spokesperson for Diabetes Ireland added: “It is important that formulation changes in products such as Lucozade are communicated widely to the diabetes community and also to all health professionals involved in their care.”
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