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 the UK. Through the years, Dr. Unwin has been highly recognized for his work within his field.

In 2015, Dr. Unwin was made a UK Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor in 2015 for his dedicated efforts within the areas of patient communication and type 2 diabetes.

Then, in 2016, Dr. Unwin won the prestigious NHS Innovator of the Year award for his work with diabetes patients.

From 2017 to 2018, his practice saved £57,000 on drugs for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions by offering patients a dietary alternative to medications.

Also in 2018, Dr. Unwin was named the ninth most influential general practitioner in the UK by GP magazine Pulse. Moreover, he is a clinical expert in Diabetes at Fellowship of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners where he was elected as a Fellow back in 2008.

Additionally, 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.

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

Dr. Unwin’s work has been covered by BBC, New Scientist, Daily Mail,  and The British Medical Journal.

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 the management of type 2 diabetes in adults.

Make sure to check out Dr. Unwin’s Twitter, where he has over 50,000 folllowers.

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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