Most Americans suffering from illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure are aware of the huge impact diet and exercise can have on their health. But for many, their schedules leave them feeling overwhelmed with the perceived rigors of meal planning, shopping and cooking, not to mention simply slowing down to sit and eat. Often the easier solution seems to be medication, but medications can carry with them serious health risks.
For example, studies have shown that using statins like Lipitor, one of the most common medicines on the market prescribed for lowering and controlling cholesterol, which is linked to high blood pressure, can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 46 percent.
People who already have Type 2 diabetes also face risks from medications currently used to treat their disease. A new class of type 2 diabetes drugs known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors include brand names Januvia, Janumet, Onglyza, Tradjenta and Nesnia. DPP-4 inhibitors are a subclass of diabetes drugs called incretin mimetics. Recent research has linked the use of incretin mimetics to pancreatitis and an increased risk for pancreatic cancer.
Another new drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, such as the brand name drugs Invokana and Invokamet, have been linked to serious urinary tract infections (UTIs) and ketoacidosis, a serious condition in which too much acid builds up in the blood.
However, there may be a new solution. For years, food delivery companies have been catering to the busy American lifestyle. They have been shipping weight loss meals to people’s doorsteps to help with portion control and healthy ingredients, or gourmet meals for customers to prepare themselves with fresh ingredients, saving them the time of choosing recipes and grocery shopping.
On Jan. 4, another option became available when 25-year-old food delivery company Diet-to-Go announced a new meal plan specifically designed for people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. “Balance-D Diabetes” meal plan’s calorie-controlled meals follow the American Diabetes Association’s nutritional guidelines. As an added bonus, Diet-to-Go’s other prepared meal products have been rated No. 1 in a blind taste test by epicurious.com.
For many people an option such as this is much more than mere convenience or novelty. Eating carefully prepared meals consistently is imperative to maintaining their health and achieving their treatment goals, allowing them to bypass a regimen of prescription drugs that could lead to other serious problems.