The Low Carb Program is a multi-award-winning, evidence-based structured education and behaviour change self-management platform. In fact, it even supports some people to achieve remission.
The programme was developed with Dr David Unwin and feedback from over 20,000 people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
The Low Carb Program provides NHS certified structured education for people with prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to achieve their selected health goals.
The user experience which includes the education received, resources and support is tailored to goal, disease profile, ethnicity, age, gender, and location and provides remote-monitoring capabilities for diabetes health self-management.
The digital programme is available on the web and mobile devices (iOS, Android). An offline version if available for people who are digitally excluded.
NHS trusted education and support
The Low Carb Program provides a 16-week NHS certified structured education course and a weight management programme (if applicable, based on the user’s weight).
Education is supported with meal plans and resources tailored to the user’s diabetes type, budget, dietary preferences, cultural and social norms. Users can opt to choose the most appropriate education stream for them from low carb, Mediterranean, or balanced (EatWell) programmes.
Health coach support
Users also receive unlimited support from Health Coaches to keep them accountable. This includes 3 weekly virtual meetups which take place over Zoom and through the app.
A peer-to-peer support community allows you to speak to people with similar goals and take part in further live events.
Keeping you active
You can also take part in at-home workouts, yoga flows and relaxation exercises tailored to your fitness level. Additionally, you can track your weight, activity, sleep, mood, blood glucose, and medications with data-driven feedback to support your behaviours.
Recipes tailored to you
When it comes to food, the Low Carb Program has you covered.
Choose from over 2,000 recipes and 150 meal plans, updated weekly, tailored to your allergies and dietary preferences.
On top of this, use the food diary and scan barcodes, search for foods or add recipes from the in-app Recipes library.
Proven in 7 studies
The Low Carb Program has been validated in 7 peer-reviewed, published studies. The programme is demonstrated to support significant health improvements at 1-year for people with type 2 diabetes:
- Weight loss: 7.4kg / 7% average weight loss at 1-year
- HbA1c: 1.2% / 13mmol/mol average HbA1c reduction at 1-year
- Medication reduction: 40% of participants who start on medication eliminate it at 1-year
- Type 2 diabetes remission: 1 in 4 participants with type 2 diabetes is in remission at 1-year
The Low Carb Program is used across the NHS to provide digital care for people with obesity, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
The programme was instrumental in driving the acceptance of a low carbohydrate diet as a method of managing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
- Low Carb Program app shown to support weight loss and medication reduction in NHS primary care study
- Low Carb Program shown to be effective in improving glycemic control and enabling weight loss
More recently, the app was shown to be as effective as face-to-face care when used during the COVID pandemic to provide hospital weight management support.
Low Carb Program referral code
A referral code will enable you to redeem free access to the platform. There are currently no referral codes to share.
How do I enrol in the Low Carb Program?
The Low Carb Program is available in some parts of the NHS.
Ask your healthcare professional for a referral code or sign up here.