Australian politicians in UK for low-carb meeting
A parliamentary committee from Australia is set to visit a leading low-carb advocate in a bid to learn more about the pioneering approach this month.
The Education and Health Standing Committee, a permanent committee within the Western Australian parliament, will meet with Dr Davin Unwin on Thursday, January 31.
Well known for his belief that following a low-carb diet can help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, Dr Unwin helped form the award-winning Low Carb Program in collaboration with Diabetes Digital Media.
He said: “Imagine how amazed I was when the Education and Health Standing Committee contacted me to ask if they could visit Southport, thousands of miles from Western Australia. I thought someone was playing a practical joke! But it was genuine!
“I think this visit so far from home shows a wonderful energy and a genuine wish to help people with T2D – Drugs will never be the answer to this international epidemic.
“We must invest in prevention by looking at really why this is happening – I think it is caused largely by our modern diet, heavy with sugar and the refined carbs like bread, biscuits or breakfast cereals that digest down into more sugar.”
Prevention and management
The meeting forms part of the Committee’s investigative tour to the UK to gather information and evidence regarding the role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management.
Education and Health Standing Committee chair Ms Janine Freeman said: “The committee felt it was important to investigate alternatives to the conventional pharmacological treatment for type 2 diabetes and we are looking forward to hearing more about Dr Unwin’s success with the low carb diet.”
With more than 350,000 users, the Low Carb Program, which launched in the UK on World Diabetes Day 2015, has revolutionised diabetes care, inducing type 2 diabetes remission in one in four members.
In 2016 Dr Unwin was awarded ‘NHS Innovator of the Year’ for published research into a low carb diet as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes – an initiative which saved his GP practice £40,000 per year on drugs for diabetes, while at the same time helping up to 50 per cent of people with diabetes manage their condition better without medication.
More recently, Dr Unwin and colleagues published a paper in August 2018, which evaluated the one-year outcomes of 1000 people in the UK who engaged in the Low Carb Program; a digitally delivered, nutrition-focused, structured, weekly lifestyle intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes.