Dr David Unwin – The Glycaemic Index: Helping patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. David Unwin realized several years ago that the official advice for treating Type-2 Diabetes was not effective. Since adopting a low carbohydrate approach in treating his patients and by sharing his expertise he has helped thousands of people lose weight and reverse their diabetes. Here’s the latest release from Low Carb Breckenridge 2017 conference.

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Dr. David Unwin is GP based in Southport in the United Kingdom. After 25 years of attempting to treat diabetes by conventional methods, Dr. Unwin stumbled upon the website for patients with diabetes – www.diabetes.co.uk

From this revelation, Dr. Unwin now ignores official advice and treats his patients with a low-carbohydrate diet. Since adopting the approach, his practice now spends £45,000 less each year on drugs for diabetes than is average for his area.

Dr. Unwin is the RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes, as well as a Clinical Expert in diabetes. In 2015 he won the North West NHS ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ and in 2016 he won the National NHS ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ for his work in treating diabetes with a low carbohydrate approach.

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  • Page 3:-
    “• Diabetes is largely about sugar”. Yes, for T1DM. No, for T2DM.
    “• People with T2 Diabetes struggle to metabolize glucose” People with T2 Diabetes struggle to metabolize glucose and fat
    Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7621971
    “Lipoprotein abnormalities [mainly high levels of very-low-density lipoprotein triglycerides (TG) and low levels of high-density
    lipoprotein cholesterol] increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in Type 2 diabetic patients.” and
    “Our study of postprandial lipaemia shows that lipid intolerance (a greater increase of postprandial TG and a slower return towards basal levels) was almost always present in these patients, enabling us to detect atherogenic changes in plasma lipoproteins.”

    Why is it that I (a retired Electronic Engineer) know this, but Dr Unwin (a practising Doctor treating people who have T2DM) doesn’t appear to know this? :-/

    Please, can you get Dr Unwin to respond?

    • David Unwin

      Hi Nigel I am a great fan of Prof Taylor It was he who first believed in my work. He did the stats for me that helped get us published in the first place. We agree on many things and have met several times. I am happy for any patients with T2D to try his approach, but find the drastic dietary restrictions don’t suit everyone, also in my practice we find LCHF can easily be adopted by whole families. We are becoming increasingly worried about sugar and carb addiction. Many of my patients (including me) would really struggle with moderate amounts of carbs and find it easier just to stay off them probably for life. We don’t yet know how many of Prof Taylor’s reversed cases will eventually drift back to their old habits, gain weight and pancreatic fat becoming diabetic again. But 30 years of medicine and trying to help people with obesity has left me very conscious how difficult it is to maintain weight loss and I am not sure how Roy is going to ensure his participants stay slim. Finally I think patient choice is key, so that we are each free to pick the approach that is a) acceptable & b) works.
      Cheers Dr David Unwin

      • Hi Dr Unwin,

        Firstly, sorry for coming on a bit strong, but I see so many fallacies from LCHF that I keep getting facepalm-related injuries! 😉 Thanks for being a good sport.

        As Prof. Taylor said in http://www.fend-lectures.org/index.php?menu=view&id=94 , “Motivation, motivation,motivation!”
        a short-term drastic approach gets rapid results, which helps the patient to stay motivated.

        I’m concerned that LCHF doesn’t clear ectopic pancreas fat, so the patient ends up “treading water” for the rest of their life with physiological IR and a still-impaired pancreas, so any accidental/deliberate consumption of a lot of carb can cause metabolic mayhem.

        As for sugar and carb, I follow a simple dietary rule (we Engineers like to keep things simple), which is:-
        Base your diet on whole, minimally-processed produce, rather than products. Tweak it to suit.

        If someone is struggling with carb, they almost certainly have Insulin Resistance (IR). It just so happens that I blogged about IR in Feb 2011. Please read http://nigeepoo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/insulin-resistance-solutions-to.html and tell me what you think. I completely reversed my IR in 2007, at the tender age of 52.

        I believe that the mess that the US & UK are in is due to psychological manipulation a la Edward Bernays to get people to want stuff that they don’t need by connecting with them emotionally. The best way to deal with this is to fight fire with fire. Please watch http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d29tf_the-century-of-the-self-part-1-of-4-happiness-machines_school , to see how it’s done. Patients really need to watch this video.

        Once patients learn how the Food Product Industry (FPI) has cynically “played them like a Stradivarius” to over-consume the FPI’s over-refined products for profit, at the expense of the patients’ health, the patient will hopefully do something about it – like stop buying the FPI’s over-refined products.

        Ultimately, the patient has to decide which approach is doable.

        Cheers, Nigel Kinbrum