Diabetes Weight Management Programs

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Being obese or overweight is not only a major risk factor for developing diabetes, but research has shown that it is the single best predictor of type 2 diabetes. Because of this, weight loss and weight management programs are commonly incorporated into patient diabetes management programs.

Did you know that Joslin offers two weight management programs that have been created expressly to address the unique weight-loss and weight-control needs of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

  • Why WAIT is a 12-week multidisciplinary program for weight control and intensive diabetes management.

  • YOU-Turn is a unique, intensive, seven day weight reduction program to help patients with type 2 diabetes who struggle with weight problems.

These programs are based on clinical research conducted at Joslin and combine the latest insights in weight management and nutrition with Joslin Clinic’s world-leading expertise in diabetes care.

Whether you were diagnosed years ago or just recently, you know that weight reduction and weight management are uniquely critical to your health. With the right nutritional plan and physical activity, you can reduce your need for medication, enjoy better health, experience fewer medical complications and significantly increase the quality of your life.

18 Responses to Diabetes Weight Management Programs

  1. Steve says:

    Do your meal plans in the “intensive” programs still promote the same high carb drug and insulin inducing foods that you normally promote?

  2. Joslin Blog says:

    Here’s a summary of Joslin’s weight-management approach, drawn from one of the many papers we have published about it in peer-reviewed journals. Our programs, which have been validated in extensive research efforts over a number of years, begin with a moderate reduction in daily caloric intake. Carbohydrates should make up no more than 40% of total daily requirements, with 30% typically coming from protein and 30% from fats. Saturated fats should be reduced and trans-fats eliminated totally. Meal plans should also focus on increased soluble fiber and healthy consumption in general. Underlying all these steps is the goal of designing individually tailored programs that can be maintained over the long term.

  3. JaimieH says:

    Why not promote LC/primal/warrior/paleo/ instead of 2 shakes/dinner meal program? that is not lifestyle change to me… what are the ingredients in the shakes out of curiosity…

  4. Joslin Blog says:

    Thanks for the comment JaimieH. That is a great question that will be best served by its own separate blog post. We will try to answer your question in an upcoming post.

  5. John type 1 says:

    I’m really curious about your research. There is too much evidence that this peer review process isn’t working. Industry is too much involved. And before you get your drawers in a not, take a look at the ATP and DGAC. We have two high powered groups at the top pushing their theories (read support of industrial money) at us.

    I’ve been looking intensively for “proof” that saturated fats are bad as you say, and all I find is rhetoric about associations. When a credible organization like Joslin rests its entire case on association evidence, well, that just does not lend credibility. I need to see proof.

    I go at this with an open mind. ALL the evidence I find points to sugars as the killers and fats as the scapegoat — science, anthropology, and praxis. I follow many diabetics around the world who swear by low carb diets. I’ve seen nothing but great results: weight loss, low A1C’s, great lipids, and improved health. A 100% success rate. I tried it myself. I’m down 25lbs — first weight loss in my history — lipds are great, I’m much more active, my A1C is down to 5.6 with virtually no major hypos, and I feel great!

    I won’t even get into the celiac equation. When 1/20 of us are celiac, which means as many as half of us are sensitive, and there’s now evidence that wheat may actually trigger type 1 diabetes … I don’t know how you can even look in the mirror after pushing grains on us.

    I and a growing community of other diabetics find little to no reason to follow what you and the rest of our health care teams tell us. What you say and what we see do not in any way agree. An estimated 97% of all dieters fail. I see nothing to suggest your patients are any different. My real fear is you are creating a bunch of new President Eisenhowers.

  6. Susan says:

    Wow, John, for someone who claims to be open minded, you certainly have a number of cutting judgements in your message. If what you do works for you, then fine. But assuming that everyone else is cut from your cookie cutter is a poor assessment. I have been treated at Joslin for a number of years and have found great success with their methods and with their meal plans.

  7. Erin says:

    I’d be curious to know more about how individually the program is tailored. As this is one of the most important components of diabetes management – ongoing monitoring and maintenance. I think for many patients the 7-day program would work well, but what kind of support do you offer afterwards?

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  10. Great post and interesting comments to your post. I agree that weight reduction and weight management are so critical to your health and that with the right nutritional plan and physical activity, you can reduce your need for medication. That is the fist step. thanks for a great post.

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  12. Weight Loss says:

    This is great.. Thanks for posting about Weight Loss.Nice to know that there are good for us! keep up the good work.

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  15. I agree that weight loss and weight management are critical to your overall health status.

  16. I’ve managed to drop two stone from going on the low GL diet and following Patrick Holfords book my blood sugar is now stable and I feel great, I am sure this has helped me avoid getting diabetes.

  17. leon says:

    Diabetes is something to be taken very seriously and a good healthy diet is very important to a diabetic and you make some good points.

    Thanks for a well written and informative post!

  18. i’ve been following the holford GL diet for a year now and not only have i lost a stone in wieght my blood sugar seems to have balanced itself out and i now feel so so much better, think i may have narrowly escaped becoming a diabetic.

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