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Weight management in type 1 diabetes

Diabetes weight management specialists

Obesity does not cause type 1 diabetes, people with the condition have traditionally been thought to have lower BMI. However, there is an obesity epidemic and weight gain is an increasing problem for people living with type 1 diabetes . If you want to lose weight safely and maintain excellent diabetes control, the specialist team at The London Diabetes Centre can provide expert guidance, support and monitoring to help you reach your goal.

Weight management at The London Diabetes Centre

The London Diabetes Centre offers world-class expertise in the field of weight management.

A dedicated team of experienced consultants, dietitians, and diabetes specialist nurses will work closely with you to provide nutritional advice, set targets and monitor your progress.

The London Diabetes Centre’s clinicians are at the forefront of the research and development of treatments for obesity. As soon as evidence for safety and effectiveness is obtained, our consultants can offer the latest state-of-the-art therapies.

At The London Diabetes Centre there is access to expert support from many different specialities, under one roof. Where obesity could seriously endanger health, bariatric surgery can improve life expectancy, health and wellbeing. When appropriate, the team make referrals to Mr Ahmed Ahmed, head of the Bariatric Surgery Unit at Imperial College.

Weight and type 1 diabetes

Most people will have lost weight when they are first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Treatment can restore health and stabilise blood glucose levels, however, it also slows metabolism and stimulates fat storage, so weight gain can gradually occur.

If you are overweight, losing weight is one of the very best things you can do for your health. But it can seem a daunting challenge. The London Diabetes Centre can provide a truly personalised weight management programme and help you dynamically change your dose so that your sugar levels are safely controlled.

There are many ways a specialist consultant in Type 1 diabetes can help you lose weight. Avoiding hypoglycaemia, learning correct dosing, reducing doses with pumps and other medications are all known to help. Losing weight in Type 1 diabetes has special difficulties which require the help of a good dietitian and a consultant experienced in the use of medication.


The SmartWeight programme

The London Diabetes Centre care for the individual. A dietary plan will be developed according to your health and your lifestyle, always prioritising careful diabetes control. The London Diabetes Centre offers the SmartWeight programme, devised and directed by an expert team with over 30 years’ experience in managing weight problems.

Smartweight focuses on helping you lose weight and sustain a healthy weight forever. Taking a more holistic approach, it addresses your relationship with food as well as providing medication not currently available on the NHS, dietary advice or a comprehensive meal replacement programme, customised to your specific requirements and targets.

The London Diabetes Centre has proven expertise in helping you manage your eating patterns and achieve an agreed long-term weight maintenance goal. Information and support is available through apps, email and Skype.

If you want to take control of your weight, The London Diabetes Centre can provide customised dietary advice, guidance and a helping hand every step of the way.

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