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Weight Loss That Works

For many people with type 2 diabetes, losing weight greatly improves their health. In fact, losing just a few pounds can help them lower their blood glucose, boost their health, and make them feel more energetic.

At Joslin Diabetes Center, we want to do everything possible to help you experience better health. If your doctor recommends a weight loss plan, our specialists can help you find success — whether it’s through changes to your diet, exercise, or even by having surgery. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists includes dietitians, exercise physiologists, and surgeons who perform bariatric procedures.

Our Program

We’ll recommend a highly personalized approach to weight loss and support you along the way. Learn about the various components of our program.

If you have diabetes and need to lose weight, our dietitians can help. We offer personalized meal plans and nutrition guidelines — so you know what to eat and how to safely keep control over your blood sugar levels.

We’ve found that carbohydrates have the biggest effect on blood sugar, so our dietitians will work with you to determine the right balance of carbs, fat, protein, and other important nutrients. This way, you’ll feel confident that you’re eating healthy and doing everything possible to get your weight (and health) in control.

At Joslin, we understand that exercise is medicine for the body. If your doctor recommends that you start a physical activity program, we will work with you to recommend activities and encourage your success.

Many of our patients start out by walking to improve their health. If they’re able and willing, they also do light strength training exercises — and safely build up their physical fitness levels. Regular exercise helps them keep their blood sugar levels in control and helps boost their energy and mood. No matter where you’re at, we’re happy to talk with you about starting an exercise program and recommend an approach that is achievable, goal-oriented, and fun.

Studies have shown metabolic surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, can help control blood sugar even better than lifestyle and medical therapy in some patients with type 2 diabetes.

After surgery, some of our patients see major improvement in their blood sugar levels, need fewer medications, and even have complete remission of diabetes. In fact, several professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, now recommends metabolic surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.

The staff of Joslin’s Metabolic Surgery Clinic can help you decide if metabolic surgery is right for you. Together, we’ll talk through the following questions:

  • Are you a good candidate for metabolic surgery?
  • What are the differences between the various types of surgery (gastric bypass versus sleeve gastrectomy)?
  • What are the chances your diabetes will go into remission after metabolic surgery?
  • Is metabolic surgery safe?

If you decide surgery is right for you, the our team will work closely with you and your surgical team as you prepare for the procedure. We’ll develop a personal diabetes treatment plan for you — for both before and after your procedure — and help make sure you have a successful outcome and meet your weight loss goals.

Hypoglycemia is a condition that involves very low blood sugar levels. The team at Joslin recognizes that hypoglycemia can difficult to live with, disabling, and even life threatening. This condition usually happens one to three hours after eating high carbohydrate foods or liquids, but it can also be triggered by activity, stress, or a prolonged period of time between meals.

Together, an endocrinologist, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and registered nurse will help you prevent this condition by identifying its underlying cause and then recommending treatment. Sometimes patients need new medications or to adjust their current dosage. Other times, they need surgical treatment.

Finally, all of our patients have access to leading edge research in the treatment of hypoglycemia, including the latest clinical trials.

Meet Our Specialists

Osama Hamdy
Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD
Senior Staff Physician
Medical Director, Obesity Clinic Program
Medical Director, Inpatient Diabetes Program
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Nuha Ali El Sayed
Nuha Ali El Sayed, MD, MMSc
Staff Physician
Medical Director, Professional Education
Medical Director, Training Programs and Visitor Program
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Samar Hafida
Samar Hafida, MD
Staff Physician
Assistant Medical Director, Professional Education and Care
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Cara Kilroy
Cara Kilroy, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly, MEd, BSN, RN, CDE
Clinical Manager, Educational Services
Nurse Educator
Mary-Elizabeth Patti
Mary-Elizabeth Patti, MD
Staff Physician
Director, Hypoglycemia Clinic
Co-Director, Molecular Phenotyping Core
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

To make an adult care appointment, call 617-309-2400 or make an appointment online.