Low carb doctor makes influential GP list
A doctor described as the “low carb GP” has been included on a list of the UK’s most influential general practitioners.
Dr David Unwin, who featured in ninth place out of a possible 50 on Pulse’s annual Power 50 list, is best known for his research into the low-carb diet and proving how beneficial it can be for people with type 2 diabetes.
In 2017/18, Dr Unwin’s practice saved £57,000 on drugs through his “passion for offering patients the alternative of lifestyle medicine and support” instead of initiating lifelong medication for conditions such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes.
These results came as his Merseyside practice celebrated the fifth anniversary of its patient-centred low-carb group for obesity and diabetes, which has resulted in one young person losing seven stone.
Over the years he has developed a strong relationship with diabetes.co.uk, working to support the development of the award-winning Low Carb Program. With more than 360,000 users, it was launched on World Diabetes Day 2015 and has significantly disrupted the understanding behind type 2 diabetes, demonstrating it is possible to put the condition into remission by avoiding carbs.
Pulse described Dr Unwin as the “figurehead of a movement that is exerting a considerable influence in healthcare”.
Dr Unwin also worked with Diabetes.co.uk to write a 30-minute e-learning module ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’ for healthcare professionals, which was published by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The content, which explored how low glycaemic-index (GI) diets could benefit people with type 2 diabetes, was been applauded by Lord Balfe, a key figure in European and international parliamentary affairs and Honorary President and Global Patron of NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health.
The doctor also received the Diabetes UK Primary Care Poster prize in March of this year for his work on helping people with pre-diabetes start a low-carb diet, and as an RCGP clinical expert on diabetes he helped develop the 2018 dietary guidelines for Diabetes UK.
He has appeared across most well-known national news channels and stations, speaking about his work. He even took part in a BBC documentary, in which he rolled out his approach in the poorest practice in Merseyside.
The GP has previously said that he has “probably done more good online than in 32 years of face-to-face medicine”.