Reverse Type 2 Diabetes through Low Carb diet advice

In 2016, Dr David Unwin, a GP in Southport, won the NHS innovator of the year award for his use of low GI diets with patients with Type 2 Diabetes.  Not only is he able demonstrate significant improvement in patients health and diabetes control, but also moved the practice from one of the highest, to the lowest spending in diabetic medications in their CCG.  He is only one example of a growing group of professionals who consider there is strong evidence that our standard dietary guidelines are misleading, especially for people who are obese, or have type 2 diabetes, and all the complications that this brings.

Clearly not everyone would want to follow a low carb lifestyle, but maybe many would if they knew it was a real alternative to medication, at least they should be given the information that it is an option.  The sad thing is the people who try their very best to change their diet to what they belive is healthy, but eat low fat foods not realsing the sugar content, and bread and pasta not understanding that this spikes their insulin levels the same way that cake and biscuits do.  

My idea is that if there is a GP practice in the area prepared to try and repliacte what Dr Unwin has done through diet advice and patient support, they could be funded to try this approach.  Norwood surgery started with a £7,000 grant from their CCG, and handed back significantly more from their unspent drugs budget.  If this was shown to be as successful in Norfolk, it would give local evidence and confidence that rolling it out further could have important benefits for patient health, and free up vital NHS funding.

Why the contribution is important

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes rates continue to increase, and the links of this to cancer and dementia cannot be ignored.  If the positive results of recommending a low-carb lifestyle to patients could be replicated in Norfolk, this could be a real opportunity to give patients the chance to improve their health, and reduce the need for diabetic medications.

by Sarah on July 25, 2019 at 03:56PM

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  • Posted by Chris_admin July 26, 2019 at 10:01

    Thanks for getting involved and sharing your idea Sarah. This isn't my area of expertise, so I've shared your idea with a colleague - will let you know what they think!
  • Posted by Elainecoker July 29, 2019 at 18:51

    I totally agree with Sarah. This would be a proactive and possibly preventative initiative. The cost of employing a health professional to roll out dietary advice to patients with any of the conditions she mentioned would be mitigated by the long term savings to the Health Service. In my experience most patients desperately want to help themselves but often lack the correct information to do so. This seems to be a no brainier!
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