A diabetes nurse who has seen “amazing results” from encouraging her patients to follow a low carb diet has been nominated for a top health award.
Catherine Cassell, who works at the Preston Grove Medical Centre in Somerset, has been shortlisted in the Patient’s Choice category for this year’s RCNi Nurse Awards after being nominated by patients Nicola Hayes and Stephen Pacey.
Catherine decided to start deploying low carb advice to her patients after reading Michael Mosley’s book The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet, which she said felt like a “huge penny had dropped”.
Speaking to The Diabetes Times, Catherine said: “I am so proud to be nominated for this very special award. My diabetes care is person-centred as each individual has different needs. I practice lifestyle medicine such as focusing on dietary changes, improved sleep, exercise and stress management.
“I have had the most amazing results with patients eating low carb diets. Patients have reversed prediabetes and patients with type 2 diabetes have gone into remission.”
A spokesperson for the awards said that Catherine’s patients, Nicola and Stephe, report that: “Catherine’s knowledge, enthusiasm and ‘dogged determination’ have changed their lives and inspired many patients.”
Diabetes.co.uk are big advocates of a low carb diet in helping people with diabetes achieve normalised blood sugar levels, lose weight and improve their overall health. We created the award-winning Low Carb Program in 2015 and stories such as Catherine’s are affirming that a low carb diet is beginning to have major benefits for patients across the UK.
Catherine added: “One chap has lost over eight stone in 11 months. I have never seen so many patients improve their HbA1c levels lose weight so much. Also their lipids improve, fatty livers, GI symptoms, mood, energy; just so many things! It has been wonderful to take people off medications, stop insulin or not have to start meds in the first place.”

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