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.

Support Plans

Peace of Mind Plan

Continuous monitoring of your glucose readings by an expert team
Stay alert of any trends or issues that arise in your readings
Together with your diabetes specialist nurse, agree an action plan if a serious issue arises

Breathe easy knowing that you’ll also have access to a specialist to clear up any confusion or doubt that you may experience.

Second Opinion

A 30-minute consultation with an experienced Diabetes specialist consultant including a review of your medical history and clinical treatment.
Expert analysis of CGM and blood tests previously performed by your GP or hospital diabetes team.
Individual care-plan and recommendations for treatment, depending on the results of the review.

Expert second opinions in the comfort of your home to help you improve your diabetes control and safeguard your health.

Diabetes Introduction

A 30-minute consultation with an experienced diabetes specialist nurse.
A professional assessment of your diabetes status.
This includes an HbA1C test, which provides a picture of your average blood glucose over the previous few months.

The Diabetes Introduction package is for people who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and those who are worried about their risk of developing the condition.

Consultant Comprehensive Review

A 30-minute consultation with a leading Diabetes specialist consultant
Pathology tests including HbA1C, cholesterol and lipids, full blood count and analysis of liver, kidney and thyroid function.
Bespoke care plan to improve your diabetes management.

The Comprehensive Consultant Review is our in-depth consultation. It provides a more comprehensive assessment of your diabetes and general health.

Diabetes Weight Management

You will be supervised throughout by a leading Diabetes consultant specialising in weight management including at least one consultation
You will be provided with appropriate advanced weight loss control medication at least a 4 week programme
Bespoke plan to improve your diabetes weight management and support throughout the programme from your dedicated Health Coach to encourage you and answer any questions

The London Diabetes Centre provides a range of remote weight management plans so you can access the support you need to reach your health goals, wherever you live.

Risk Assessment

A 30-minute consultation with a DSN or diabetes dietitian
Diabetes risk questionnaire
Height, weight, blood pressure, HbA1c blood test and Body Composition Analysis

Our plan is designed for patients who have not been diagnosed with diabetes who want to check their current health status and understand if they are at risk of developing diabetes.

Second Opinion

A 45-minute diabetes consultant consultation with written report
A 60-minute diabetes dietitian or DSN appointment
Height, weight, blood pressure, HbA1c blood test and glucose test

Our plan is designed for recently diagnosed patients who are unsure about their diagnosis and need a second opinion or need help deciding on their care plan.


A 45-minute diabetes consultant consultation with written report
A 60-minute diabetes dietitian or DSN appointment
Height, Weight & Blood Pressure, HBA1c, Blood Glucose, Urine Alb/Cr and other tests

This Gold Standard in diabetes assessment will cover most people’s fundamental requirements for diabetes care.


45 minute consultation with Diabetes Consultant to discuss the results and provide a written report
Advanced Lipoprotein Analysis
An OCT - Optical coherence tomography, Ankle and Toe Brachial Index and DEXA scan

This premium plan includes an in depth assessment of your diabetes status and also your wider health risks concerning cholesterol and metabolic health


Free Introductory Session - Discuss your treatment options and explore the clinic before committing
Regular access to a health coach mentor to support the weight loss
DEXA body scan, personalised health report, metabolic rate calculation & a review with Pharmacist

Designed and managed by an expert team with over 30 years of experience in the field, our bespoke consultant-led approach combines diet, medically supervised weight loss drugs and healthy lifestyle advice so that you can achieve effective results that last.

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Carol Willis - Diabetes Clinic Facilitator

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