How low carb can save tons of money by reducing the need for medications


A low-carb diet can drastically reduce the need for blood-sugar lowering medications for people with diabetes. Here’s an amazing example.

There is a surprisingly positive side effect for clinics adopting low-carb nutrition counselling for improving the patients’ type 2 diabetes. The need for prescribing medications drop, consequently reducing costs.

Creds to Dr. Unwin for sharing the cost comparison of clinics above. He’s a low-carb physician who has also saved money for his own clinic using this strategy.

Do you want to know more about this strategy, for improving people’s health and saving money at the same time? Watch the video below.

Video with Dr. Unwin

  • Side effects and how to handle them
  • Who are the best patients?
  • Can low carb make it fun to be a doctor?
  • How to motivate your patients
  • Explaining low carb in a simple way
  • How to motivate people
  • What about cholesterol?
  • Polite intros to discuss obesity
  • Diabetes medications
  • How many teaspoons of sugar are in your food?
  • Common problems and trouble shooting
  • Blood-pressure medications
  • Summary and conclusion
  • Diet Doctor Podcast #33 – Dr. David Unwin
  • Helping people with type 2 diabetes
  • Baseline tests and screening
  • Motivating people to change their lives
  • Low carb in other situations

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  1. Robert
    How much more money could be saved by not over prescribing statins (assuming that there is ever a good reason to take them) which would also get rid of the necessity for the medications to deal with the associated side effects.
  2. Slipp Digby
    The data is from open prescribing, hence it has not been adjusted.

    So making any comparison across difference practices should be done with caution. Please read the notes

    Your essentially comparing this practice to others with more diabetic patients.

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  3. TOS
    Slipp Digby, that's a fair point - but if you look on you'll see that the practice in question is the second biggest in terms of patient numbers in the CCG. It would be unusual for such a large practice to have a disproportionately low diabetes prevalence.
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  5. Slipp Digby
    Hi TOS

    The figures above are presented as per £/1,000 patients for this drug category, so number of patients in the practice ('list size' as Open Prescribing calls it) has already been normalised.I can see how extra patients in a small practice could skew indicators but surely this is smoothed out in larger practices when normalised for list size.

    Other factors (diabetes prevalence, patients age, ethnicity, obesity, etc etc) have not been adjusted for and there are many known (and indeed unknown factors) which will be reflected in the indicator.

    You say that "It would be unusual for such a large practice to have a disproportionately low diabetes prevalence", but there is at least some evidence this has historically always been the case for this practice: (although currently this is negligible)

    My point really is that there is a wider context to the performance of a particular practice which is needed to interpret the indicators, and it is disingenuous to pick out a practice offering low carb interventions and then imply that the good performance is a product of the intervention.

    Although just a correlation, I'd be interested in when Wokingham offered this intervention, because they have consistently been the best (or therabouts) for measure 6.1.2 in their CCG since Jan 2015. If the intervention started later, is this not at least some evidence of a background of historical good performance?

    There is also a rather interesting anomaly in that while there are very good against cost indicators, they are not so good against number of items prescribed per 1,000 patients. So they are using more items but costs are lower. Perhaps indicates more of a different type of drugs in this category (6.1.2) are being used which are simply less expensive?

  6. Valerie
    I have to agree. I ran the same search, but with insulin instead. That clinic becomes middle-of-the-pack. Not such a great poster child for the LCHF diet.
  7. Annie Hosking
    I am registered with this practice and my own GP suggested the Diet Doctor website to me in March 2017 after telling me the UK dietary guidelines were completely wrong. I needed to lower my blood pressure and lose weight in order to meet the requirements for surgery (Total hip replacement). I started lchf at the end of March. By the beginning of August I had done it. I did have medication to help bring my blood pressure done quickly though he said he had no doubt lchf would do it in time.
    Thanks to my GP and lchf I no longer binge eat, and I stop eating when I am full. I not even tempted by high carb foods any more. I have coped with setbacks and difficult emotional events much better than before (I have chronic depression). I had my operation three weeks ago. I am so grateful to Dr Bhardwaj for taking the time to talk to me and point me in the right direction.

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