Royal College of General Practitioners launches first-ever type 2 diabetes e-learning module

Jack Woodfield
Thu, 28 Jun 2018
Royal College of General Practitioners launches first-ever type 2 diabetes e-learning module
Diabetes.co.uk is delighted to announce we have developed the very first type 2 diabetes e-learning module for GPs in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

'Type 2 Diabetes - a Low GI Approach' is a 30-minute e-learning module available to all 55,000 GPs in England. It was written by Southport-based GP and winner of the 2016 NHS Innovator of the Year award Dr David Unwin. Dr Unwin is a long-standing low carb supporter whose GP practice now spends £40,000 less on diabetes drugs per year since recommending patients to go low carb.

The online course is aimed at GPs, practice nurses, diabetes specialist nurses and other healthcare professionals working in primary care who are interested in improving the health outcomes of people with type 2 diabetes.

The course explores the benefits of low glycemic-index (GI) diets for people with type 2 diabetes, with case studies used to highlight the change in health outcomes.

Broken down into three sections, the module assesses a professional's knowledge relating to diabetes and low carb eating and finishes with a 10-question quiz.

It also analyses how eating low carb affects insulin, HbA1c and glucose metabolism, how much sugar can be found in starchy carbohydrates, and how a low GI diet fits with NICE guidelines for type 2 diabetes.

Charlotte Summers, Chief Operating Officer of Diabetes.co.uk, said: "Now every GP can get access to this valuable information from an esteemed source. I'm so glad it sets the focus on patient empowerment and type 2 diabetes remission."

Dr Dirk Pilat, medical director for e-learning at the RCGP, said: "This course discusses the role of carbohydrates and the glycemic index in our diet and specifically its importance for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

"It reminds primary care health professionals about basic physiological concepts such as glycolysis, gluconeogenesis and lipolysis and their role in diabetes. Using real world examples, it discusses the importance of a low-GI diet for patients affected by diabetes and how to maximise the potential of lifestyle modification to create patient impact."

Diabetes.co.uk's Low Carb Program recently received QISMET approval for the NHS to recommend to patients, as well as CE Mark approval and received Best Platform / Technology / Tool for Content at the UK Content Awards 2018.
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