Dr. Cavan is an active promoter of self-management and has been working extensively on the development of education programs for people with diabetes.
For nearly two decades, he worked as a consultant physician at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, where he oversaw the development of education programs for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Cavan was also the previous chair of the Education and Psychosocial Care Section of Diabetes UK, where he contributed to the development of the National Service Framework for Diabetes.
In 2013, he moved to Brussels to work for three years as the Director of Policy and Programmes at the International Diabetes Federation. His main responsibility there was overseeing projects and programs that addressed the different needs of people with diabetes at a global level.
Dr. Cavan’s books1
Cavan has authored three books on self-management of type 2 and type 1 diabetes.
- Reverse Your Diabetes: the step by step plan to take control of type 2 diabetes
- Reverse Your Diabetes Diet: take control of type 2 diabetes with 60 quick-and-easy recipes
- Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes: a comprehensive guide to self-management and staying well
Select scientific publications
Murdoch C, Unwin D, Cavan D, Cucuzzella M, Patel M. Adapting diabetes medication for low carbohydrate management of type 2 diabetes: a practical guide. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2019; 69(684):360-361
Cavan D, Makaroff LE, Ogurtsova K, da Rocha Fernandes JD, Karuranga S, Sylvanowicz M, Conlon J, Chaney D, Malhi A, Barratt J. Global perspectives on the provision of diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment: Survey of health care professionals in 41 countries. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2018; 143:170-178
Ogurtsova K, da Rocha Fernandes JD, Huang Y, Linnenkamp U, Guariguata L, Cho NH, Cavan D, Shaw JE, Makaroff LE. IDF Diabetes Atlas: Global estimates for the prevalence of diabetes for 2015 and 2040. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2017; 128:40-50
da Rocha Fernandes JD, Ogurtsova K, Linnenkamp U, Guariguata L, Seuring T, Zhang P, Cavan D, Makaroff LE. IDF Diabetes Atlas estimates of 2014 global health expenditures on diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2016; 117:48-54
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Potential conflicts of interest
Dr. Cavan receives royalty income from book sales and income as a physician and educator. Like other coworkers, Dr. Cavan will get the option to become a co-owner in the Diet Doctor company.
Dr. Cavan receives no funding from industry or any other sources.
He eats a liberal low-carbohydrate diet.