The December-graduating Why WAIT class had a lot to celebrate. The group of 14 participants lost a total of 258.5 pounds and reduced their A1Cs from an average of 7.5 percent to 6.2 percent. What’s more, the weight loss of this 44th Why WAIT class brought the total lost over the program’s nearly-10 year history to an incredible 10,000 pounds.
“We tell our patients that every pound you lose is a huge health investment for the future,” said Osama Hamdy, M.D., Director of the Why WAIT program and the Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin. Dr. Hamdy is also Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management at Joslin Diabetes Center, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Over the years, we have seen people losing weight and cutting their medications down, or even stopping them all together. They achieve partial or complete remission from type 2 diabetes and live the best quality of life they can ever have.”
Why WAIT (which stands for Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) is a 12-week multidisciplinary program for weight control and intensive diabetes management that is offered to those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Participants come to Joslin once a week for group sessions to learn about incorporating physical activity into their day-to-day lives, improving their nutrition and modifying their behavior. As they progress through the program, they meet with Joslin physicians and educators to make adjustments to medications as needed. “We know that they cannot do it by themselves. We built a world class team to help them in every step along the way. It is amazing team work,” said Dr. Hamdy.
The outcomes of the program have been impressive:
• Average loss of waist line is 3.7 inches
• The average weight loss in the program ranges between 20 to 25 pounds
• Average weight loss after 5 years from the program is still around 6.4 percent
• 53 percent of the program participants maintained weight loss of 9 percent at 5 years
• Participants cut their medication by an average of 50 to 60 percent by the end of the program
• Over one year, Why WAIT participants saved 27 percent of the total health care cost and 44 percent of the diabetes related cost
Janice Cotter learned first-hand how life-changing the Why WAIT program could be. At 63, Janice was getting frustrated with her primary care physician’s advice for weight loss and diabetes management. Continue reading–>