Publications : 2021

Klosterbuer A, Cekola P, Neutel JM, Jiang X, Cohen SS, Araujo Torres K. 2021. Effect of diabetes-specific oral nutritional supplements on postprandial glycemic response in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Poster presented at ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, March 2021.




  • Diabetes affects 34.1 million US adults, including >1 in 4 over the age of 65 years old. Approximately 1 in 5 hospitalizations involves a patient with diagnosed diabetes, indicating a high prevalence in both the hospital and community setting.
  • Nutrition plays an integral role in the overall management of diabetes, and oral nutritional supplements (ONS) are often used to help fill nutritional gaps.
  • Understanding the effects on postprandial glucose response is an important factor in selecting an appropriate ONS for people with diabetes.


The primary objective of this study was to determine if two diabetes-specific ONS (DS-ONS) provide improved postprandial blood glucose response relative to a standard ONS in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2DM).


  • S-ONS attenuated the overall blood glucose response and produced lower postprandial blood glucose peaks compared to a standard ONS.
  • Specially formulated DS-ONS can be a useful tool to provide nutritional support as part of an overall diabetes management plan in individuals with T2DM.