Dr. David Unwin, MD

ForDoctors800Dr. David Unwin, MD, is an award-winning general practitioner (or family doctor) known for pioneering the low-carb approach in his profession in the UK.

In 2016 he won the prestigious NHS Innovator of the Year award for his work with diabetes patients. On top of that, Dr. Unwin is the medical advisor at the popular Low Carb Program and is doing his best to spread knowledge about low carb among doctors, dietitians and nurses.

In 2017/18, his practice saved £57,000 on drugs for type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other conditions by offering patients a dietary alternative to medications.

Recently Dr. Unwin was named the ninth most influential general practitioner in the UK by GP magazine Pulse. Moreover, he is Clinical Expert in Diabetes at Fellowship of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners where he was elected as a Fellow in 2008.

Dr. Unwin has also written several peer-reviewed papers to strengthen the science behind low-carb diets.1

In collaboration with Dr. Unwin we have created a free video course for doctors with practical tips about using low carb with patients. Dr Unwin has also published a free and popular 20 minutes long Royal College of General Practice screencast about management of type 2 diabetes in adults.

Also make sure to check out Dr. Unwin’s Twitter.

Low carb for doctors video course

Low carb for doctors – introduction


  • Can low carb make it fun to be a doctor?
  • Motivating people to change their lives
  • How to commit to a lifestyle change


  • How to motivate your patients
  • Helping people with type 2 diabetes
  • Treating patients with low carb – workshop for doctors

Medically reviewed articles

The science and art of hopeful medicine
Signs and symptoms of diabetes (type 1 and 2)


Potential conflicts of interest

Updated August 11, 2019.

Dr. Unwin has been on a low-carb diet since 2012 and worked as a UK NHS General Practitioner since 1986. He has other unpaid, voluntary roles for:

No other potential conflicts of interest.


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