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Changing Diabetes through Weight Management

"YOU-Turn has been a Godsend for me.  My weight continues to come down (20 lbs. so far). I look forward to my exercise daily – as I did when I was much younger. My energy has returned. My body fat continues to drop – registering about 27% currently. The program does have the ability to turn us around. I feel like I have discovered the fountain of youth."
                                          — Patient Testimonial

YOU-Turn™ is a unique intensive weight reduction program to help patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who struggle with weight problems.

The program uses a number of innovative tools for weight management and diabetes management.  These tools have been clinically tested and proven effective in Joslin's Why WAIT Program. 

The YOU-Turn program will help participants to establish a strong foundation for long-term lifestyle changes. The aim of the YOU-Turn Program is to reverse the progressive diabetes course through weight reduction.


On the first day of the program, you will have a comprehensive clinical evaluation in one-on-one appointments with each member of the YOU-Turn team. You will also have a clinical evaluation including lab tests, measurement of your total and regional body fat and metabolic rate measurements.


In addition to the daily nutrition sessions, you will attend a 2-hour field trip to a grocery store with the YOU-Turn dietitians to learn how to read food labels and make the healthiest food choices that fit the Joslin Nutrition Guidelines and your lifestyle.


Meals are provided, including meal-replacements, snacks, lunch, and dinner. .

Behavioral Support

Our behavioral health experts will assist you in taking the steps to manage your diabetes and your weight successfully.

Diabetes Management

You will meet daily with the YOU-Turn Endocrinologist and the certified diabetes educator to review your blood glucose and to adjust your medications. Our goal is to keep you on the least number and lowest dose of medications as you continue to lose weight.

Continuing care

At the conclusion of the program there will be follow up phone coaching and support consultations provided by the YOU-Turn staff over 6 months.

Who is Eligible?

  • Have diabetes and are motivated to lose weight
  • Have a BMI between 25-45 kg/m2 
  • Are able to exercise and have a signed consent form to exercise completed by your PCP or cardiologist 

How to Register

For details on costs, referrals and registration procedures, please contact:


Joan M. Beaton
YOU-Turn Program Coordinator
Or email



Boston Area Lodging

Information on places to stay in Boston during Joslin programs

Click here for a chart to calculate your BMI.

The YOU-Turn Team


The YOU-Turn team includes a Joslin Clinic staff physician who is a diabetes and obesity specialist, a diabetes nurse educator, a registered dietitian, a clinical exercise physiologist, and a specially trained behavioral psychologist.


You will exercise each day of the program in our Fitness Center under the supervision of the YOU-Turn Exercise Physiologist.

Supermarket Safari

Take a 2-hour field trip to a grocery store with the YOU-Turn dietitians to learn how to read food labels and make the healthiest food choices that fit the Joslin Nutrition Guidelines and your lifestyle.

Page last updated: March 05, 2015