Tube feeding with a diabetes-specific feed for 12 weeks improves glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes patients.

Clin Nutr. 2009 Oct;28(5):549-55. Epub 2009 Jun 6.

Vaisman N, Lansink M, Rouws CH, van Laere KM, Segal R, Niv E, Bowling TE, Waitzberg DL, Morley JE.

Unit of Clinical Nutrition, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Weizmanstreet 6, Tel Aviv, Israel.


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Assess longer-term (12 weeks) effects of a diabetes-specific feed on postprandial glucose response, glycaemic control (HbA1c), lipid profile, (pre)-albumin, clinical course and tolerance in diabetic patients.

METHODS: In this randomized, controlled, double-blind, parallel group study 25 type 2 diabetic patients on tube feeding were included. Patients received a soy-protein based, multi-fibre diabetes-specific feed or isocaloric, fibre-containing standard feed for 12 weeks, while continuing on their anti-diabetic medication. At the beginning, after 6 and 12 weeks, several (glycaemic) parameters were assessed.

RESULTS: The postprandial glucose response (iAUC) to the diabetes-specific feed was lower at the 1st assessment compared with the standard feed (p=0.008) and this difference did not change over time. HbA1c decreased over time in the diabetes-specific and not in the standard feed group (treatment*time:p=0.034): 6.9+/-0.3% (mean+/-SEM) at baseline vs. 6.2+/-0.4% at 12 weeks in the diabetes-specific group compared to 7.9+/-0.3% to 8.7+/-0.4% in the standard feed group. No significant treatment*time effect was found for fasting glucose, insulin, (pre-) albumin or lipid profile, except for increase of HDL in the diabetes-specific group.

CONCLUSIONS: The diabetes-specific feed studied significantly improved longer-term glycaemic control in diabetic patients. This was achieved in addition to on-going anti-diabetic medication and may affect clinical outcome.