Low carb & keto
for clinicians


1. Introduction

Are you a clinician curious about how low-carb nutrition can help your patients? Look no further. Or maybe you’re a clinician who has heard about low-carb nutrition, but some outlandish claims have given you reason to doubt its scientific foundations. We sympathize with that perspective too.

Our main goal at Diet Doctor is to make low-carb diets simple for people who could benefit from them and to do so in the most trustworthy and reliable manner possible.

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This includes making it easy for clinicians to learn about low-carb diets. Carbohydrate restriction expands the options clinicians can offer patients. As these show, many individuals find low carb to be a life-changing discovery.

But there’s another important change that can occur: Not only can low carb transform patients’ lives, it can transform your clinical practice. Rising rates of metabolic diseases have highlighted just how ineffective our tools for dealing with these conditions are.1 Some clinicians are frustrated with constantly juggling risk factors, medications, and side effects for patients with chronic disease.

We think all clinicians would like to see their patients become healthier. They’d like to remove medications instead of always adding them. have been able to do just that. As a result, they’ve found more enjoyment, satisfaction, and patient engagement in their daily work.

We can help that happen for you too, by giving you the tools to assist patients in working to reverse, rather than just manage, chronic conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.2


2. Misconceptions about low-carb and keto diets

We also understand if you are not yet sold on the idea that low-carb diets can help your patients improve their health long-term.

If you are concerned about some of the things you’ve heard about these diets, we have a guide dedicated to helping you understand the long-term safety and effectiveness of therapeutic carbohydrate restriction.

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The guide for doctors skeptical of low carb

This guide will help explain the science surrounding low-carb diets. If you are a healthcare practitioner, this guide will hopefully help you reexamine the risk/benefit balance of low-carb diets.

3. The science behind low-carb and keto diets

We know busy clinicians may find it hard to keep up with the emerging literature on a topic. To help you become familiar with evidence supporting carbohydrate restriction as an intervention for a number of conditions, we have a guide to the science of therapeutic carbohydrate reduction.

While carbohydrate restriction is not a “cure-all” and there are many conditions for which no proof of benefit exists, studies have shown carbohydrate restriction can help improve these common conditions:


4. Tools for low-carb clinical care

At Diet Doctor, we know clinicians must be comfortable with the effectiveness, safety, and science supporting low-carb before using it with their patients. We also understand many clinicians may not have time to provide patients with detailed information about how to follow a low-carb lifestyle.

No worries. We have all the tools you need to incorporate carbohydrate restriction in your practice, from a fully accredited CME course to and .

We encourage you to start with our free CME actvity, Treating metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity with therapeutic carbohydrate restriction, and then explore other resources, such as our low carb for doctors video series.



5. Continuing medical education activity

The CME activity, Treating metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity with therapeutic carbohydrate restriction, was designed by and for clinicians. This course provides clinicians with the information and tools they need to use therapeutic carbohydrate restriction with their patients and includes a comprehensive review of the science of carbohydrate restriction as an option for helping patients improve their health.

If you would like your colleagues or your own healthcare team to know about this course, you can use our CME informational flyer to print, email, link, or post on a bulletin board.

If you are a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, or registered dietitian, you can apply for a certificate that indicates you’ve completed our CME course and meet the criteria specified by Diet Doctor regarding ethical and appropriate clinical practice.

You can also join our map by filling out this online form and sending a high-resolution head-shot photo to anne.mullens@dietdoctor.com.

After you finish the course, we encourage you to look around the rest of our website.


6. Low carb for doctors video series

In our low carb for doctors video series, Dr. David Unwin walks you through what you need to know to help your patients be successful following a low-carb or keto diet. Dr. Unwin is a family physician in the UK who has been treating patients with low-carb diets since 2012.

In 2016, he won the prestigious NHS Innovator of the Year award for his work with diabetes patients. Although aimed at doctors, other healthcare professionals can also learn more about low-carb care from Dr. Unwin’s experiences.


Low carb for doctors video course

This course will cover very practical tips for doctors, like how to effectively discuss the low-carb lifestyle with patients, how to handle medications, safety, patient motivation and much more.



7. Patient education resources

When it comes to helping your patients with recipes, meal plans, and practical tips for getting started and long-term maintenance, we have all the tools you need for providing low-carb care to patients who will benefit. These printable pdfs will educate patients how to effectively adopt a low-carb lifestyle.

In addition, you can send your patients to DietDoctor.com to learn more. The most important resources on the site are freely available to everyone.



8. Clinician resources

These one-pagers condense key points from our CME course in one-page clinic reference tools.

Many people can safely start a low-carb or keto diet on their own. But individuals on certain medications — such as diabetes or blood pressure medications — may require more preparation and support. These guides can help you learn more about how safely work with your patients as they begin carbohydrate restriction.

Clinicians can find additional information about “Low-carbohydrate nutrition approaches in patients with obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes,” in this online flipbook created by a group of clinicians and researchers with many years of experience in low carb.

Do you want to know about carb restriction in special cases such as breastfeeding, mental health, and other contexts?


9. Find a low-carb doctor

On our “Find a low-carb clinician” page, you’ll see the names, faces, and stories of clinicians who use low-carb and keto diets with their patients.

This page also has a map of over 375 physicians (and growing!) you can use to connect with colleagues. If you’d like to put yourself on that map, you’ll also find a form and instructions on that page for joining this directory.

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You’ll find more clinician stories in video format below. For many more have a look at our low-carb doctors video page.


11. Patients’ stories

You may also be inspired by the stories of individuals who have improved their health and lost weight using carbohydrate-restricted diets.


Importantly, these individuals improved their health because they chose a low-carb or keto approach from other options that were available and put in the effort necessary to succeed.

As Dr. Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy noted, “Perhaps low carb isn’t for everyone, but everyone deserves to know it’s a therapeutic option, and that it is safe and evidence-based.” Don’t you think your patients deserve this option as well?

Did you enjoy this guide?

We hope so. We want to take this opportunity to mention that Diet Doctor takes no money from ads, industry or product sales. Our revenues come solely from members who want to support our purpose of empowering people everywhere to dramatically improve their health.

Will you consider joining us as a member as we pursue our mission to make low carb simple?

  1. CDC.gov 2018: National diabetes statistics report, 2017 [CDC consensus report article; ungraded]

    Current Hypertension Reports 2018: The global epidemic of the metabolic syndrome [overview article; ungraded]

  2. Some disagree with the use of the word “reverse” when it comes to type 2 diabetes or metabolic disease. The concern is that it may imply the disease is completely gone, never to return. At Diet Doctor, we use the term “reverse” to indicate that the diagnosis of diabetes is no longer present at that moment. However, we acknowledge that the diagnosis of diabetes will likely return if a patient goes back to their prior high-carb eating habits. Therefore, “reverse” does not imply a forever cure.