An online low glycemic index (GI) course for healthcare professionals helps to substantially improve knowledge of type 2 diabetes, according to new figures.
The low GI nature of the course also corresponds with a level of carbohydrate that is likely to result in a significant reduction in carbohydrate for most patients.
The Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach programme was written by Dr David Unwin and experts from Diabetes Digital Media for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Since it was launched last summer, nearly 800 healthcare professionals have completed the 30-minute module and numbers show their type 2 diabetes knowledge base went from 46.84% to 82.41% on completion.
It was developed to support healthcare professionals who work within the field of type 2 diabetes who want to help their patients to manage their diabetes with a lower dependence on medication.
Course participants have been positive about the content, which is broken down into three sessions, with most users giving it a five-star rating.
Dr Unwin and Diabetes Digital Media have campaigned hard to raise awareness of the benefits of following a low GI, low carb lifestyle for people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or are looking for a way to manage their condition better.
In 2015, Diabetes Digital Media launched its award-winning Low Carb Program with input from Dr Unwin, which has helped thousands of people.
A year later, Dr Unwin scooped the NHS Innovator of the Year title for his research into proving how a low-carb diet can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes better.
His pioneering approach helped save his practice thousands of pounds in diabetes drug costs and helped nearly half of his patients who followed the approach to achieve remission.

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