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Low carb GP practice finalist in BMJ awards this week

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Southport GP, May 3, 2016.

  1. Southport GP

    Southport GP HCP · Well-Known Member
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    Taken from this weeks British Medical Journal: we are finalists in the diabetes team of the year category!
    Beating obesity and diabetes


    'The scale of the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes is daunting. “Back in 2012 there was a tendency to see it as hopeless,” says David Unwin, senior partner at the Norwood Surgery in Southport. “I think we were a little demoralised. We were particularly concerned about younger patients, who we felt were at the greatest risk of the long term effects of diabetes. So we trialled the idea of a more collaborative approach, identifying patients’ personal health goals and linking them with a low carbohydrate diet.”

    A pilot was launched in January 2013 and 68 patients volunteered to join it. The plan involved group work that included family members, underpinned by a positive, solution focused psychological model to improve motivation to adopt a low carbohydrate diet. The first results showed significant reductions in haemoglobin A1c, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, with several patients coming off medication altogether. So the approach was broadened to the whole practice.

    “What has really surprised us is how enthusiastic the patients have been, particularly in joining in with our regular group meetings which include interested family members,” Unwin says. “The other surprise was how well tolerated the low carb diet was. Three years later eight members of the team are on the diet with our patients.”

    As a practice Norwood Surgery now spends £45 000 (€57 000; $64 000) a year less on drugs for diabetes than is average in the area. Obesity prevalence dropped from 9.4% to 7.5%, and blood glucose levels have been reduced by 10%.'

    Fingers crossed for the ceremony on Thursday night please folks -you helped me start this!!
     
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Oh that is excellent, and very good luck for the final. :)
     
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  3. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    Really brilliant, fingers and everything else crossed for you and the team!
     
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  4. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Best of luck. Thank you for update.
    I'll mention such savings to my gp practice. My gp would love that I think. An investment in the future for any practice.
     
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  5. Salvia

    Salvia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    And good luck from me, too. So much effort and progress deserves proper recognition :)
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant.

    Good luck, bring it home.
     
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  7. msmi1970

    msmi1970 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely Brilliant!!! Congratulations.
     
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  8. Annie86

    Annie86 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Fantastic. What a difference that'll make to the surgery cost and overall patient lives. A massive well done and congratulations to the staff aiding with this and the patients undertaking
     
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  9. KevinPotts

    KevinPotts Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, thoroughly well deserved! So, how do you increase your influence and capitalise on the BMJ pr catalyst and cascade your strategy out to thousands of fellow GP surgeries?
     
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  10. NurseDee

    NurseDee Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic!! Congrats.
     
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  11. DrTeeth

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    This is a really inspiring project and result. It just goes to show how ideas can create individual benefit but also the wider benefit to practices, communities and the NHS as a whole. If only the NHS encouraged such innovation. Im a HCP but also a T2 shocked into action by a recent retinopathy exam. Attitude is key. I just got my BG down to reasonable level with moderate effort.
    Keep up the good work. Hope you win. Look forward to NHS cascading your good results nationally. ;)
     
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  12. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    I think there'll be a lot of fingers crossed for you on Thursday night.

    As I said before, I'll be using your nomination (and hopefully award) to reapproach my practise with your concept. My previous attempt was rebuffed as "not for us" by the partners, much to the frustration of the GP I see whose comment was "Well, we certainly can't go on as we are."

    Hopefully, further recognition of your excellent work, and for them, more money spent on drugs will have prized open at least one mind.

    There's no change more difficult that the prizing open of a sealed mind. That's obviously not something you are personally troubled with. :)
     
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  13. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Very best of luck to you and your team. You are an inspiration and we can all hope that other GP's will follow your lead.
    Can we get you elected onto the board of NICE? pretty please..
     
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  14. carol43

    carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I'll have everything crossed for you on Thursday. I know it's been said so many times but I wish you were my doctor.
     
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    Good luck to you! It is a constant source of relief to have someone from within the medical establishment actually supporting what we have been saying for so long and not in a passive 'if that works for you' type way but in an actual head above the parapet 'this makes sense' way! So thank you once again.
     
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  16. Brunneria

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    Brilliant - thank you for all your hard work.

    Hope @neety41 sees this!
     
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    Fantastic I only hope that this makes more GP's think hard about what is the right way to deal with these illnesses. Let's hope that this is a start to teaching HCP's that there is another way apart from NICE Dogma.
     
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  18. Squire Fulwood

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    Can we get Gary Lineker involved?
     
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  19. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    When you win tomorrow night @Southport GP I will feel compelled to celebrate and may consume some wine despite it being bad for me but I think the occasion warrants it. I love blaming other people.
     
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    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    #20 Squire Fulwood, May 6, 2016 at 6:20 AM
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