UK family doctors will be trained in low-carb diets

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You may know Dr. David Unwin from our Low carb for doctors series. He is a family doctor (GP) based in the UK and he’s doing more fantastic work! In conjunction with, he has written a learning module called ‘Type 2 diabetes and the low GI diet’, which will be offered as training to GPs through a new online course offered by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), London.

Dr. Unwin has had fantastic results using a low carbohydrate diet with diabetes patients in his own practice and is keen to enable other GP practices around the UK to experience the same benefits: transformative health improvements for patients and dramatic cost cutting for clinics. He told Pulse magazine:

Implementing a low-carb approach for people with T2D has been transformative for our patients and practice staff, with significant diabetes drug budget savings into the bargain of over £35,000 a year.

Many patients understand they should give up sugar but still consume high glycemic index carbohydrates that digest down into surprising amounts of glucose.

We see proud patients putting their diabetes into drug-free remission on a weekly basis by cutting the carbs.

Congratulations to Dr. Unwin and for this important next step in increasing awareness about low-carb diets for diabetes, and a big thank you for the work you do!

Pulse: RCGP launches GP training on low carb diet for diabetes patients

Videos about diabetes

More with Dr. David Unwin

Video course: Low carb for doctors


A low carb diet for beginners


  1. Kenrick
    Oh yes what a result ...this has got to be the first of many significant changes that are needed for Keto and low carb to finally breach the foothold of the lipid - heart hypothesis that has held thousands in long-term sickness due to the disingenuous nature of some aspects of modern medicine ...and perhaps finally the beginning of keto / low carb being accepted by the orthodoxy as a legitimate and beneficial treatment not just for T2 but hypertension, obesity, heart disease et alia ...

    Well done Dr Unwin are a star !


  2. Carol
    Hip hip Hoorayfor Dr Unwin and all who blaze this trail with him!!!
  3. Stephen rapp
    That's what I'm talking about after two weeks on a diet my blood pressure drop so low I had to stop taking my blood pressure medication I had no idea how much my body would change just from lowering my carb intake not to mention the side effects this should be taught everywhere
  4. Nurse
    I am not a Diabetic, but I would go on a low Carb diet when I need to loose a few pounds, it works every time for me.
  5. AMW
    Fantastic! And about time!
    Now, I wonder how long before this can be taught in schools - currently GCSE students of Food Tech are expected to learn about and follow the Eatwell Plate model - as a low carb eater I find it extremely difficult to deliver this. Failure to teach this will hinder the children when they sit their exams; yet in continuing to teach them that this is the government advocated way to eat is setting them up for a life-time of health issues. I say this as a Teacher in an SEN school where a disproportionate number of children have been diagnosed as diabetic and are on metformin at the age of 13-14yrs.
  6. Norman
    This is extremely interesting but please don't forget the varied genetic makeup of human beings.

    In one of Prof. Lustig's lectures on Youtube, he cites an estimate that I think 40% of naturally thin individuals in the USA are metabolically-damaged and 80% of the fat individuals are damaged. It's not 0% and 100%.

    In other words, being fat isn't a cast iron sign of bad health, only of a thrifty metabolism. Being thin isn't automatically a good sign of good health, only of a tendency to burn away unwanted food and drink.

    The thin individuals get no visible warning. In today's society, a BMI of 22 is mistakenly seen as a sign that they will not get ill and everything is OK. So it is probably the thin who take least action until they get a MI, CI or possibly a diagnosis of T2D.

    I wish the advice was clearer, i.e. everyone's at risk. Being fat merely raises the risk.

  7. Jan
    Hallelujah, our GP introduced us to a low carb diet last year. We feel great. No diabetic medication and 100 lbs lost between us it’s the best thing since roast beef! It’s also broadened our knowledge and love of different low carb vegetables. Spread the news it’s a real good news, win win story.
  8. Jane
    At last! Dr Unwin deserves a medal, or recognition of some sort. The U.K. has lagged behind on this approach to good health. Aseem Malhotra and Zoe Harcombe, the other 2 trailblazers, are almost unheard of here. My best friend, a doctor who runs a large rural practice, is not in favour of the low carb/ketogenic way of eating, convinced it will increase the risk of CVD - despite my losing weight, improving my blood markers and lowering my blood pressure to within normal range for the first time in 40 years! We need a way of educating current medical practitioners as well. It would save the NHS so much money.
  9. Jane
    Just re-read the above, and it looks as though the course is for practitioners. Do the trainee doctors get the same?
  10. Dr. Keszthelyi Gyula
    I see only CH on the pictures. Meta? Fat? LCHF.
  11. Buja
    Both my wife and I have embarked on keto 6 months ago in our eighties. Reason: fear of diabetes due to the advanced age and being about 30% overweight. So far all signs are Ok and the results are good or better.
  12. Barbara Hulme
    My 2TD and fatty liver were reversed and I lost 20+kg, going from size 18/20/22 to size 10/12 in 3 months through adopting a Keto lifestyle. My inspiration, having had a diagnosis in the spring, was the BBC 2 programme ‘The truth about white and beige carbs’, (June 6th 2018) which showed what was happening at Dr Unwin’s practice. So grateful.
  13. Patsy Dunne
    have been recommended to do this diet by my doctor but have read that if you have no gallbladder it is not recommended to do can you advise please
    Reply: #14
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    have been recommended to do this diet by my doctor but have read that if you have no gallbladder it is not recommended to do can you advise please

    Most people without a gallbladder do not have any issues switching to keto or low carb.
    Check out the PS on this guide.

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