Type 2 diabetes low GI module named RCGP course of month
The ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’ e-learning module has been chosen by the Royal College of General Practitioners as its November course of the month to mark National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Written by Dr David Unwin in collaboration with Diabetes.co.uk, the 30-minute online course for healthcare professionals has already been completed by almost 450 healthcare professionals since launching in the summer.
Broken down into three sessions, the 30-minute e-learning course starts with a baseline assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to type 2 diabetes and a low-carbohydrate diet and finishes with a 10-question quiz to assess understanding of material from the module.
The module is aimed at GPs, practice nurses, diabetes nurses and other professionals working in primary care helping people living with type 2 diabetes.
Early feedback has indicated that the average score for users at baseline assessment was 48% compared to 83% when assessed on completing the module, with the module having an average course rating of five out of five stars.
A user commented: “Fantastic and very practical topic that will go a long way in supporting type 2 diabetic patients and even non-diabetic obese patients”, while another said “Excellent, thank you, very helpful patient advice leaflets”.
The course has also 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.
In June, it was available to all 52,000 members of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Lord Balfe said: “I am particularly pleased to hear the Royal College of General Practitioners has just published a peer-reviewed e-learning course on this subject written by Dr Unwin to help other health care professionals interested in avoiding lifelong medication for their patients with type 2 diabetes. Dr Unwin has shown the benefits to be gained from the treatment of type 2 diabetes by dietary modification. Not only does his simple and easily understandable set of modifications to diet lead to a potential life free of drugs but it also cuts the cost of treatment within an overstretched NHS.”
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 – so that his GP practice spends £40,000 per year less than expected on drugs for type 2 diabetes, while at the same time helping up to 50% of patients get their condition into medication-free remission. This is done by dramatically cutting back on both dietary sugar and the starchy carbohydrates that digest down into sugar.
The award-winning Low Carb Program has also been developed by Diabetes.co.uk developed in association with Dr Unwin. With over 370,000 users, it was launched on World Diabetes Day 2015 and has significantly disrupted the understanding behind type 2 diabetes and has demonstrated type 2 diabetes remission in one in four members who completed it. Diabetes Digital Media, the organisation behind Diabetes.co.uk, is currently developing an online education and resource platform for healthcare professionals to complement the Low Carb Program.
To access ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’, click here.