David Unwin RCGP clinical expert in diabetes UK Royal College of General Practitioners

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Dr David Unwin FRCGP works at the Norwood NHS Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has cared for the same population since 1986 as a family doctor. To date 68/143 of his patients with T2 diabetes have achieved drug-free remission. This gives a remission rate of 47.5% at 30 months duration of a lower carb diet, one of the best results for any clinic in the world. But it’s not just for diabetes, in a larger cohort of 299 people which also includes NAFLD hypertension and pre-diabetes there has been a total weight loss of two and a half metric tonnes!

 For the past few years he has been a UK Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes.  As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and Type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.

In 2016 he was the proud UK National winner of the NHS Innovator Of The Year Award for published research into lifestyle changes; working with patients’ personal health goals as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes –so that his GP practice spends £50,000 per year less than expected on drugs for diabetes.  As part of this he has also published research into improving blood pressure, lipid profiles, liver function and blood pressure by reducing dietary carbohydrate, especially sugar.