Low Carb Program achieves QISMET approval to be recommended by the NHS

Benedict Jephcote
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Low Carb Program achieves QISMET approval to be recommended by the NHS
Diabetes.co.uk's award-winning Low Carb Program has been given the green light for NHS use by a leading accreditation body.

Healthcare teams can officially prescribe Diabetes.co.uk's Low Carb Program after the Quality Institute for Self Management Education and Training (QISMET) organisation gave it the go ahead.

The Low Carb Program is a 10-week, evidence-based structured behavioural change program that supports people with type 2 diabetes to control their condition or put it into remission and helps people with prediabetes to achieve healthy blood sugar and prevent type 2 diabetes from developing.

More than 326,000 people have signed up to the program, which helps people to adopt a low carbohydrate dietary approach. The low carb lifestyle helps people to control their blood glucose levels, lose weight and decrease their dependency on medication.

Charlotte Summers, Chief Operating Officer of Diabetes.co.uk, said: "The Low Carb Program has been empowering patients to place their type 2 diabetes into remission for over two years.

"Type 2 diabetes does not have to be a chronic or progressive disease. We are proud to receive QISMET certification which enables NHS healthcare providers to offer the program to their patients."

The Low Carb Program has also shown to be hugely cost effective and, in just over two years, has demonstrated a cost saving to the NHS of £835 per person, per year in prescription costs.

On average, people who complete the program reduce their HbA1c levels by 13 mmol/mol (1.2%) and lose seven per cent of their body weight.

The initiative has been so successful, that Diabetes.co.uk has now launched a similar program for people with type 1 diabetes. The new Type 1 Program has been designed to help people with type 1 diabetes achieve stronger and more stable diabetes control and is currently open for people to register their interest in joining.

This week is Diabetes Week and we have been sharing some of the wonderful successes we have seen from people that have taken part in the Low Carb Program. These successes include Graham Hogben, who lost 16 kg (36 lbs) and came off his gliclazide medication, and Tina Thorpe, a healthcare professional who lost 20 kg (44 lbs) and has regained her energy.
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